Pediatrician Chief Says ‘Vaccinate Kids To Help Spread Holiday Cheer’

The holiday season is here and many families are hoping and planning to return to the gatherings of the past.

What will be new at the dinner tables, however, are conversations about Covid-19 vaccinations, statuses and steps to stop the spread.

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Recently, the Covid-19 vaccine was approved for children aged 5-11 – a step towards normalizing school life and the way families interact.

The federal government is calling on schools to serve as vaccination sites, and New York City has begun opening vaccine sites in public schools starting this month that will offer immunizations to all students.

This nationwide vaccination effort reminds me of when I was a kid. I have been vaccinated against polio at my school, so I understand that schools are a great resource for managing this process.

At AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY), we support science and necessity in vaccinating our children against Covid-19.

As ACPNY’s Chair of Pediatrics, I also recommend that we all remain patient as we continue to receive guidance from the federal government about rolling out vaccinations for our children.

In New York City, one of the nation’s largest cities, we have the opportunity to take the national lead in response to the curbing of Covid-19.

What happens here is likely to be adopted by other states and cities if they learn from our experiences. Therefore, we must remain diligent, cautious, strategic and empathetic in rolling out the vaccines for children, as their health is at stake and the world is watching us.

For now, in New York City, it’s necessary for all of us to focus on parents’ understanding of the importance of vaccinations, the process, and making sure we answer all of our parents’ questions quickly and clearly.

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Parents with young children should be reassured and have access and opportunity to ask questions and get answers to their questions, such as ‘what types of vaccinations are available for children, on what days and where are vaccinations available, what is the correct and approved amount? of dosages for children, and what are the possible side effects, benefits and follow-ups needed?’ Most importantly, parents should consult their child’s pediatrician during this process.

Second, officials and community leaders, including local doctors, should be ready to address parental concerns.

Fighting misinformation and hesitation is essential to keep our city’s children safe. The more information and resources we can provide, the healthier our families and future will be.

Finally, we must ensure that the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccines is fair across all five boroughs.

If we want to return to the fun holiday get-togethers that we all hold dear, we need to take care of each other by making sure we’re all safe and healthy.

Let’s protect each other this season by making sure everyone who qualify is vaccinated against Covid-19 and the flu to turn this virus into a holiday ghost.

dr. Beverly Sheppard is the chairman of the pediatrics division of AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY), which has a medical office in Harlem, as well as more than 40 medical offices and health centers in all five boroughs and Long Island.

dr. Beverly Sheppard is the chairman of the pediatrics division of AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY), which has a medical office in Harlem, as well as more than 40 medical offices and health centers in all five boroughs and Long Island.

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ACPNY

AdvantageCare Physicians, one of the largest primary care and specialty care practices in the New York area, provides high-quality, personalized care that focuses on the whole patient.

With more than 40 medical offices in the five boroughs and Long Island, serving more than half a million patients, including 120,000 Medicaid members.

With more than 40 medical offices in the five boroughs and Long Island, serving more than half a million patients, including 120,000 Medicaid members.

AdvantageCare Physicians takes a team-based approach to care where physicians collaborate with nurses, social workers, nutritionists, behaviorists, and other professionals.

Visit www.acpny.com for more information.

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