Pediatric clinics will begin administering vaccines as early as next week

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) — COVID-19 vaccine eligibility is expanding. Last week, the FDA approved its emergency use for pediatric patients ages 5 to 11. This week, the CDC agreed.

With this green light, vaccines will be offered at the Dothan Pediatric Clinic as early as next week.

This will be about a third of the adult dose.

dr. Jeff Tamburin of Dothan Pediatric said it’s good to protect as many people as possible from this deadly virus.

“We think it’s a good thing to protect these children,” said Dr. Tamburin.

This latest recommendation is the result of an ongoing study of approximately 3,100 children who received the vaccine. The FDA reports that no serious side effects have been noted.

“That return to normalcy is something big,” said Dr. Tamburin.

However, as with all approvals, people continue to be hesitant to get vaccinated. dr. Tamburin said the reasons are valid.

“Children as a whole don’t get sick as seriously as adults from COVID, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea to help protect your child,” said Dr. Tamburin.

The risk may be small, but it’s still there. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly 6.4 million children have tested positive for COVID-19.

Right now in Alabama, the COVID numbers are declining, but –

“The question is, are we at the end and is this the end? Or can we expect a new peak?” said Dr. Tamburin.

dr. Tamburin said pandemics seem to have a pattern of three or four peaks and he said we’ve had essentially two so far.

“So the chance of another one is not insignificant,” said Dr. Tamburin. “So if you get your child vaccinated now, you can protect him from another possible spike.”

dr. Tamburin said vaccines are usually given on a walk-in basis. The number of patients receiving the vaccine has decreased, but is expected to increase again since this approval.

dr. Tamburin advises parents to speak with their childs doctor to see if they should get the vaccine.

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