Kids And The COVID-19 Vaccine: Local Pediatrician Weighs In

Posted: Sep 21, 2021 / 2:07 PM EDT / Updated: Sep 21, 2021 / 2:08 PM EDT

Big news in the fight against COVId-19 as Pfizer announces the vaccine is safe for children ages five to 11. The company also says they will seek emergency use approvals in a few weeks.

Principal investigator and pediatric infectious disease specialist at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, Dr. Joseph Domachowske, says the announcement is good news and comes at a time when many want to help protect younger generations from the virus.

“I expect the FDA to approve its use in five- to 11-year-olds by the end of the year,” he says. “It’s even possible they’ll extend to six months old early next year, if not the end of this year.”

dr. Domachowske was one of the first in the country to help conduct a survey of children here in downtown New York. Children were given a series of two doses three weeks apart, he said. Research shows that children showed robust antibody responses to the virus. dr. Domachoswke adds that it is the first step in the right direction when it comes to vaccinating children against COVID-19.

Visit Upstate.edu/GCH to learn more about the work Dr. Domachowske and other medical professionals are doing in the fight against COVID-19 and the work they do for children in our area.

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