San Antonio – Pfizer is seeking approval for a COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 years of age and older, and the US Food and Drug Administration will hear the data within a few weeks. Pediatricians in San Antonio say they are ready to answer their parents’ questions and concerns about vaccines.
Robert Sanders, PediExpress’s associate medical director, University Health, said his youngest child is 11 years old and is ready for vaccination within a few weeks after receiving emergency use authorization from the FDA.
“We really want all children to be vaccinated, but all children with underlying health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease and immunosuppression should be vaccinated as soon as they are approved. These are the children who need vaccinations,” Sanders says.
The vaccine will be approved for children ages 5 to 11 before and after Thanksgiving.
“The study is great, and it will be a big game changer for our kids in San Antonio,” Sanders said.
Side effects are similar to those seen in adults and can last for 1-2 days. The severity of COVID-19 is mild in most children, but it does not apply to everyone. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports more than 500 child deaths in the United States. Currently, Bexar County Hospital has 20 children with COVID-19.
Dr. Sanders looks at COVID-19 for sick kids, says it’s no small thing. This can lead to weeks of recovery, skipping school, and difficulty breathing.
Metrohealth says it will rely on a local pediatric clinic to help distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to children once it is approved. The age group in which they really want to get vaccinated is between 12 and 29 years of age.
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