Mila Kunis hopes vaccines for young kids are being delayed ‘for the right reasons’

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Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis think it’s funny that they don’t bathe their children or use soap in general. They think that if their kids swim in the pool or run through a sprinkler every other day, then that’s good enough. In a pandemic. But at least they’re pro-vaccine, I guess. Mila and Ashton attended the opening of the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute, in what was their first red carpet together in years. They chatted with People Magazine about how they hope to get their (unbathed) children vaccinated soon:

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are eagerly awaiting the day they can get their kids vaccinated. The couple shares daughter Wyatt Isabelle, 6½, and son Dimitri Portwood, 4½, and though the parents can’t get COVID-19 vaccines for them yet (the shots are only available for 12 and over at the moment), they look forward to the day when they can. Kunis, 38, revealed in late April that she and Kutcher, 43, got vaccinated.

Kunis told PEOPLE at the grand opening of the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute on Tuesday in Los Angeles that it’s frustrating being vaccinated when her kids can’t yet.

“That’s what we were talking about. Yeah, it is [weird], because every day you’re like, ‘I hear it’s going to be approved by X date,’ and then it gets pushed and it gets pushed, and you hope that it’s getting pushed for the right reasons and not just because someone wants to put their name on it,” she says.

“And who wants to be the parents that give their kid COVID and then gets their kid’s school shut down and keeps kids from being educated because they didn’t get vaccinated because the kid couldn’t get vaccinated,” adds Kutcher. “Even if you are vaccinated you still can get COVID and give it to your kid, and they can still get very sick and get the entire school shut down. Who wants to be that person? Nobody.”

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I really feel for parents of young children, especially in the past two years. From home-schooling to masks-in-schools to vaccine eligibility to everything else… it’s been a lot. Mila’s comment is kind of weird though? “You hope that it’s getting pushed for the right reasons and not just because someone wants to put their name on it…” I think we’re way past that? The reason vaccine eligibility for children has taken so long is because scientists want to make sure that the vaccines are completely safe for children. It’s that simple. They’re trying to complete the trials now and the aim was to begin to vaccinate little kids hopefully by October/November.

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  1. jules says:

    My 3 and 5 year old will not be getting them. Their immune systems aren’t fully formed, they are in their early years of development and there are no long term studies on the effects of the vaccine. I’m vaccinated, all my relatives are, my friends, but we are fully grown adults. I’m just not willing to risk it, especially after hearing about the heart issues in teenage boys. I know this will be an unpopular opinion, and I’m ok with that.

    • Z says:

      Maybe do some more research on the specific pre-print study which generated the myocarditis concerns, then rather than vaguely gesturing then.

    • Red says:

      This stance is wild to me. Myocarditis is way more prevalent due to covid rather than the vaccine, but you’re willing to risk your kids getting sick? In the history of vaccines, there has never been long term effects. And you literally give your babies other vaccines before they can talk/walk, unless you’re completely anti-vax. Please stop with this misinformation and listen to scientists.

    • souperkay says:

      Tell me you don’t know how vaccines and immune systems work without telling me.

      A vaccine taken at age 3 and 5 will not lie in wait until adolescence to suddenly kick in and cause temporary, treatable, myocarditis. The mRNA vaccines in particular does not hang around in the body long at all, due to its preference for extreme cold & the natural temp of humans.

      Get the facts, talk to your actual pediatrician, and don’t listen to anecdotes.

    • Legalese says:

      Imagine if people were this concerned about the OTHER things they put in their (and their child’s) body. The selective outrage about the COVID vaccines will never not be wild to me. Like you’ll give your child food with cancer-causing preservatives and artificial sweeteners, vaccinate them from other illnesses, and (wisely) allow them to take other medications that have a potential for worse side effects… And adults will do drugs, take non-FDA approved supplements, and take medications that put them at a far greater risk… yet somehow the COVID vaccine is where they draw the line?

      I hope if you have a daughter then you also plan to refuse to allow her to take oral birth control when she gets older. Because the chances of dying from a blot clot caused by that are way higher than the minuscule risk posed by the COVID vaccine. Just saying…

      Also, as someone who had Kawasaki as a child and almost died from it, I can tell you that you really don’t want your kids getting MIS-C from contracting COVID.

    • Jess says:

      3-5 years old is literally when most vaccines are administered

    • jra says:

      Regarding heart issues in boys. They are more incidences of them getting myocarditis when they get corona. It’s a very, very rare side effect when they get the vaccination. Also whether the boys get mycyocarditis from a corona infection, a vaccination or wherever – it is very rare that a child dies from it. Most recover from it very quickly

    • EAF says:

      Trump does love the poorly educated.

  2. CoffeChamp says:

    Comments like Milia’s do more harm than good. Especially coming from a mom that doesn’t even bathe her kids. Of course parents are concerned about the vaccines, we worry about everything about our kids!

  3. Minnieder says:

    Can someone include a link? I wasn’t aware of the myocarditis after-affect. My 15 and 18 year olds have been vaccinated but I have an 11 year old boy that I was hoping to vaccinate. Not sure if this comes into play, but my 15 year old son had covid a few months before he turned 15.

    • lucy2 says:

      I would suggest talking with his doctor about it, the doctor knows his specific health and can talk to you about any concerns. But there’s a good USA Today article from 2 days ago, if you google “Myocarditis covid vaccine” it should come up.
      For what it’s worth, a friend of mine is in post-trial pharmaceutical research and was prepping to do a project with one of the vaccines, so she was pretty well versed in it, and she got her own kids vaccinated the minute they were eligible.

      • Minnieder says:

        Thanks LUCY2!! My 15 year old that had covid was vaccinated about 4 months later. He taste and smell are still impaired! I am hoping to get my 11 year old vaccinated as well. I’m checking out that article now.

    • souperkay says:

      Listen, the myocarditis in boys estimated per 100,000 is potentially 45-65 cases. This myocarditis is temporary, treatable, and does not outweigh the potential 13 deaths, 127 ICU cases per 100,000 that COVID-19 causes. Myocarditis in relation to the vaccine is within 2 weeks of getting a shot. Myocarditis in relation to vaccine is not causing deaths, it is very treatable.

      Vaccines do not lie in wait to cause a reaction. Vaccine reactions show up within 2 months of a shot or not at all. Anyone saying anything else is 1)lying to you, 2) trying to sell you something, a woo woo cure that does nothing most likely.

      Do not fall for this fear mongering. It is like the anaphylaxis scare mongering. Again, all vaccine sites are prepared to treat anaphylaxis, a reversible allergic response that has an overt presentation within 15 minutes of getting a shot, usually a lot sooner than that.

  4. GenTer says:

    The approval date hasn’t been pushed back, and Pfizer and BioNTech have no control over that. (They’re not even officially seeking emergency use authorization yet.) She doesn’t quite grasp the process. And I’m confused by her comment re: someone putting their name on it—it’s up to the FDA at this point, which is reviewing the initial data submitted on Tues (9/28). (I worked in clinical trial patient engagement for several years.)

    • Tanya says:

      The FDA decider that the trials needed to enroll more kids, delaying the submission of data. This was due to the myocarditis concerns, despite the fact that the prevalence in vaccinated patients was far lower than the rate in covid patients. So while the date wasn’t pushed back, the new requirements definitely delayed the process.

  5. faithmobile says:

    I wasn’t aware of the approval date being pushed back. From the beginning of the trials the timeline was as early as fall but as late as the end of the year.

  6. Rose says:

    Honey I promise you if your kids stink from not bathing nobody getting close enough to give them anything.

  7. CL says:

    My 18 year old was vaccinated as soon as he qualified. His senior year of school was spent in a private school that did everything it could to keeps the kids healthy. Masks were mandated, daily health questionnaires were required in the morning, made every class available on Zoom, , and they even restructured the class schedule to have longer classes on fewer days, to minimize risks.

    Then last month he started his freshman year at UGA, and while last year online classes were offered and masks were required, this year Governor Kemp has decided that state colleges and universities will be “Back to normal”, and has gone so far as to forbid the schools to mandate vaccines and masks. To say I am frustrated is putting it mildly.

    Two weeks after moving to campus, my son came home sick. He tested positive for covid, and thankfully had a very mild case for about four days. Someone remarked to me, “Wow, it makes you wonder if taking the vaccine is even worth it.”
    After taking a deep breath, and reminding my face to to show what I was thinking, I said, “He’s had a mild case, and I am not worrying about taking him to the hospital or dying. The vaccine was completely worth it.”

    • Minnieder says:

      That’s terrible CL! My (vaccinated) daughter started college this year and the entire city, not just the university, mandates wearing masks. The only exception is while the kids are in their own dorm room.

    • Nic says:

      My friends partner is a professor in GA and thanks to them not being able to require masks, he contracted Covid for a second time, he was also fully vaccinated

  8. Becks1 says:

    At least she’s saying she’s going to vaccinate her kids. I feel like a lot of people (See previous comments) who got the vaccine themselves are hesitant to vaccinate their kids when its available so we’re going to need a huge push for parents to get their kids vaxed.

    I am taking my boys (6 and 9) as soon as I possibly can once it’s authorized for them.

  9. Heather says:

    I hate that uninformed people post nonsense about the vaccine. @minnieder the pediatric dose of the vaccine did not show the increase in side effects of myocarditis that a tiny portion of the 12+ group did. If you have questions or concerns about the data, please speak to your doctor about it, ya’ll.

  10. Gracie says:

    IMO parenting is about giving your kids the best odds of success in any given aspect of their lives. If the odds of getting a preventable virus can be minimized by use of a vaccine, then give it to them. There are always risks to anything we do, but if the potential good outweighs the potential bad, it’s a pretty easy choice. My 10 month old was lucky to get some antibodies through nursing, and I am eagerly awaiting vaccination for my 4 yo. The technology is not as “new” as we think – it takes A LOT of time and funding to push through a vaccination under normal circumstances.

    • Meghan says:

      I will say that I was hesitant about the vaccine for myself at first because I thought we just pulled it out of our butts super fast. Of course after actual research and listening to interviews on NPR I realized that was not the case and scheduled my appointment as soon as my age group was allowed and now eagerly await the day my 5 year old can be vaxxed. Already talked to his cardiologist and got the go ahead so I am ready, let’s do this!!!!

      Exactly 24 hours after my 2nd dose I felt like a freight train hit me, but I would absolutely do it again even knowing that. And while I dont want my kid to feel those side effects, I can handle it if he does. I’d rather him have 24 hours of crappiness than full on Covid.