Rabbi Lisa Gelber, the spiritual leader of Congregation Habonim in New York City, has drafted a new Kavanah in reaction to the CDC’s approval of COVID-19 shots for children aged 5 to 11.
When the Rabbi first learned that her daughter will now be able to take the COVID-19 vaccination shot from Pfizer, she sat down with 11-year-old Zahara who is scared of needles, and together they composed a kavanah, to reflect the gravity and gratitude with which they viewed this milestone and process the feelings her daughter had about the shot.
The prayer reads, “Holy One of life and love, wrap me in a warm embrace as I prepare to receive my COVID-19 vaccine. I give thanks to the doctors and scientists who are creators like you, for the wise people who approved the vaccine, and for everyone who made sure this was available to kids.”
Gelber told the JTA that her daughter wanted to thank the people who created the vaccine while noting her fear of needles. “Most moving for me was her gratitude for the opportunity to say a blessing which would ‘make me stronger’ and take her mind off of pain,” she said.
The Rabbi has shared the full prayer on Facebook, where her friends and colleagues have been circulating it in anticipation of the vaccine’s likely availability for children as soon as this week.