Parents calling pediatricians to seek COVID-19 vaccine for kids

Pediatricians in Maryland overwhelmed with parents seeking COVID-19 vaccine for children

Parents call pediatric practices to make appointments ahead of final CDC approval

Updated: 3:37 PM EDT Nov 2, 2021

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Many parents in Maryland would like to make an appointment to give their younger children the COVID-19 vaccine.|| COVID-19 updates | Maryland’s Latest Figures | Get tested | Vaccine info ||The first thing pediatricians tell parents is to take a deep breath. While some may not be able to get their kids in right away, if the logistics are put in place, it should all work out within the next few weeks. anxious parents who have questions since the Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer’s vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. it’s really a waiting game at this point, which can be frustrating for parents. “We’re so excited. I think it’s a game-changer,” Hemm said. “I think the big challenge right now is that we don’t know exactly when these vials will come out.” Maryland state health officials told 11 News they will announce guidelines and next steps shortly after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention give final approval RELATED: CDC advisers to vote on COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 Andy Owen, deputy director of media relations for the Maryland Department of Health, said in a statement: “COVID-19 vaccines for 5 to 11 year olds will be available from hundreds of health care providers, including primary care physicians, pediatric practices, local health departments, pharmacies, school clinics and elsewhere in Maryland. Gov. Larry Hogan spoke Tuesday morning at the inaugural event of Goucher College and the Speaker Series of the Greater Baltimore Committee, where he spoke about vaccines for younger children. RELATED: Why COVID-19 vaccines for younger children should come in smaller doses And it seems that local jurisdictions are following the same preparations. For example, in Anne Arundel County, as soon as the CDC approval comes in, they will start taking appointments. “We will start our first vaccination clinics this Friday for children aged 5 to 11 years. Anne Arundel County health officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman said. RELATED: Childhood COVID-19 vaccine program ‘will be running at full blast’ the week of Nov. 8, the White House says. We are currently overwhelmed with general pediatrics with all the kids going back to school, and we want to make sure that everyone gets efficient information, but also that the people in the office can get the care they need. need it when they need it,” Hemm said. State health officials told 11 News that parents interested in finding a vaccine clinic near them for a 5 to 11-year-old is the state’s tool for locating vaccine sites. LINK: Find a Maryland Vaccination Site Near You

Many parents in Maryland would like to make an appointment to give their younger children the COVID-19 vaccine.

|| COVID-19 updates | Maryland’s Latest Figures | Get tested | Vaccine Info ||

The first thing pediatricians tell parents is to take a deep breath. While some may not be able to get their kids in right away, things should level out in the coming weeks as the logistics get sorted out.

The phone at LifeBridge Health Pediatrics in Loch Raven has been ringing with calls from concerned parents who have questions since the Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer’s vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

LifeBridge Health pediatrician Dr. Stephanie Hemm said that while her office is ready to go, it’s really a waiting game right now, which can be frustrating for parents.

“We’re so excited. I think it’s a game-changer,” Hemm said. “I think the big challenge right now is that we don’t know exactly when these vials will come out.”

Maryland state health officials told 11 News they will announce guidelines and next steps shortly after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives final approval.

Andy Owen, deputy director of media relations for the Maryland Department of Health, said in a statement: “COVID-19 vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds will be available from hundreds of health care providers, including primary care physicians, pediatric practices, local health departments, pharmacies, clinics in schools and elsewhere in Maryland.”

Governor Larry Hogan spoke Tuesday morning at the inaugural event of Goucher College and the Speaker Series of the Greater Baltimore Committee, where he spoke about vaccines for younger children.

“We are hopeful that the federal government will take action by the end of the week and that we can start right away the same day,” Hogan said.

And it seems that local jurisdictions are following the same preparations. For example, in Anne Arundel County, as soon as the CDC approval comes in, they start taking appointments.

“We will begin our first vaccination clinics for children ages 5 to 11 this Friday,” said Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman, Anne Arundel County Health Officer.

Hemm said parents should check their doctor’s websites and watch for messages through patient portals as more answers should be available in the coming days.

“We are currently overwhelmed with general pediatrics with all the kids going back to school, and we want to make sure that everyone gets efficient information, but also that the people in the office can get the care they need when they need it” , said Him.

State health officials told 11 News that parents interested in finding a vaccine clinic near them for a 5 to 11-year-old can use the state’s vaccine site location tool.

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