Kids Creek Children’s Clinic in Traverse City is gearing up to vaccinate its patients ages five to 11 against COVID-19.
“It’s so important that we can vaccinate this age group because we can protect them from getting COVID-19,” said Stephanie Glades, pediatrician at Kids Creek Children’s Clinic. “Second, hopefully we can slow the spread of the pandemic and return to somewhat normal life.”
The Food and Drug Administration’s recommendation on the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for ages five to 11 comes as pediatricians in Northern Michigan have seen an increase in children seeing the doctor.
“We have seen more children than we have ever seen in the past 18 months since returning to school this year,” said Dr. glades. “That has to do with the Delta variant, which has to do with unmasking children and distributing them within a school.”
“I absolutely intend to vaccinate my daughter. I think it’s important to vaccinate everyone who can, to protect our community,” said Allie Stephens, parent.
But not all parents seize the opportunity to have their children vaccinated.
“As of now, we do not plan to vaccinate our children, my children are healthy and we follow all health protocols,” said Aimee Russell, parent.
dr. Glades encourages all parents to talk to their children’s doctors and write down questions about the COVID-19 vaccine for children.
Many kids are afraid of getting shots and Dr. Glades has some tips to make the experience a little less scary.
“We like to use a cold spray or distraction when we give a chance,” said Dr. glades. “After that, if they have side effects of site pain, body aches or headaches, or have a low-grade fever, we can give Motrin or Tylenol.”
Kids Creek Children’s Clinic has reserved the mini-dose Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children and will administer it only to their patients.