Slate published a piece Tuesday called, “The Agony of Parents With Kids Under 5.” In it, Jaime Green explains that every parent with a child under 5 has a knife hanging over their head:

We just had to make it to the end of January, I thought. Past the peak of omicron. Maybe we’d even have an under-5 vaccine within sight. Anthony Fauci suggested spring might be possible….

Apparently not. I was chasing my son around the house this weekend—literally, he runs laps to a playlist of four 30-second songs from Blaze and the Monster Machines, and he insists that one of us adults runs with him—when I saw the news: The Moderna vaccine trial for kids under 5 was being extended. Extended and delayed. And I felt like I’d been punched in the chest. I wandered off from the racetrack while Blaze kept blaring and hoped my son didn’t notice while I searched my phone for answers.

The worst part, maybe, was that this wasn’t even a press release. It wasn’t even big news.

Kiley Kroh didn’t write the piece, but she is getting a lot of attention for the excerpt she posted:

really giving that mute button a workout but thanks to all the anti-vaxxers in my mentions for your in-depth knowledge of science, medicine, and my family!

— Kiley Kroh (@kileykroh) January 12, 2022

Is vaccinating kids 5 and under going to bring us any closer to the “end” of the pandemic?

It’s over. Under 5, hell, under 18’s aren’t at risk and we need to move on to living with this forever. Your reaction shows that it’s instilled far to much fear in some.

— Bleu Cheque (@VERBAL_CHANCLA) January 12, 2022

I have a child under 5. More worried about the impact of spending her entire life in a biomedical surveillance state hellscape than getting a cold

— Put Children First (@Sock_Collector) January 12, 2022

This is what the media has done to ppl. Completely broken them.

— Abe Froman (@sausageking_af) January 12, 2022

Screaming in agony that your kid under 5 can’t get a vaccine.(!!)

I mean this neurosis is real and it’s obviously a problem for some ppl.

— Abe Froman (@sausageking_af) January 12, 2022

Kids under 5 are fine. I have 3 of them who all just had covid (and 1 over 5). They are fine.

— Laura Flores (@LauraFlores217) January 12, 2022

I could barely tell my 7 week old and 4 year old had omicron. In fact my whole family regardless of Vax status (triple, double, natural, unvaxxed w/ treatment) got through this very well. The double vaxxed had it the hardest but not the worst sickness they ever had.

— JTrainMF (@JTrainMF) January 12, 2022

The fact that you say this is simply proof that you need to widen the horizon of information you are taking in.

— HarbingerOfDOOM (@Harbinger0fD00M) January 12, 2022

I have two kids under 5. They go to daycare, play with friends, come with me to stores…they are enjoying being kids and I will not allow them to get a vaccine until it’s fully approved. No EUA. Full stop.

— Bobby Fresh (@_BobbyFresh_) January 12, 2022

Amazing how none of the “follow the science” types will actually follow the science! Instead they are following the latest propaganda by people covering their asses or trying to get rich on the panic and illness

— jaeger71 (@jaeger71) January 12, 2022

Kids under 5 are in more danger from having parents that act this way than Coronavirus.

— Yasty (@JohnnyB37015244) January 12, 2022

Kids under 5 cannot be vaccinated simply because they are not at risk. If they were, the risk balance would lean towards vaccinating them. If you trust the FDA to make that calculation for adults, you ought to accept their reasoning for children.

— S (@SammySo_So21) January 12, 2022

Do you not understand that little kids are very low risk? It has been proven over and over. The much bigger danger to kids is scared adults causing them harm in the name of “protection”. https://t.co/N8rM5KhiA4

— Frustrated Mother (@FrustratedVote4) January 12, 2022

I don’t doubt the realness of your fear. As a father of 3 young kids, I can tell you there is a much better way to live than in perpetual fear over kids getting a disease that poses them a microscopic amount of risk. #letkidsbekids

— JustinInPA (@jgrugeon) January 12, 2022

This is anti-science fear.

— Clark Joseph Kent (@ClarkJosephKe13) January 12, 2022

You have lost the plot. It is official. Just stay down in your basement with three masks and a vaccine drip scrolling fear porn until you come on with the rest of us.

— 🌳 bosandaros 🌳 (@bosandaros) January 12, 2022

Hi Karen.

— The Annoyed Man (@TheAnnoyedMan) January 12, 2022

These people are insane.

Kids under five are completely safe and always have been.

The mental illness @jaimealyse displays here is staggering. I feel awful for people who are suffering so terribly in their own minds while the rest of us just… live our lives.

— Lyndsey Fifield (@lyndseyfifield) January 12, 2022

Raise your hand if more you’re concerned about the mental health crisis in this country for children and some adults.

— CubsMom23 (@cubsmomma23) January 12, 2022

You sure you’re a former journalist because you sound exactly like one.

— JSParker (@jsparker31) January 12, 2022

Calm down.

— Moses1243 (@Moses12434) January 12, 2022

At least hide the fear from the children so they’re not damaged.

Related:

‘These people are psychotic’: Here’s a 16-month-old ‘learning how to be responsible’ by wearing a mask https://t.co/9zWXQNtIIv

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 10, 2022

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