DICKSON CITY, Dad. Northeast Pennsylvania Pediatrics doctors are preparing for a particularly busy winter.
Parents of patients here have already made sure that their children are first in line when the COVID vaccine is fully approved for them.
“These are really the people with that pent-up demand, just like we saw when the 12-17 [age group] was also approved,” said Dr. Kate Tigue.
While the FDA has not yet given an official green light, the doctors here at Pediatrics of Northeastern Pennsylvania have been proactive. They’ve been reaching families for months.
“Last week we posted something on our social media feeds and through our portal, asking families if they were interested, to let us know. And we actually kind of made a pre-registration list. So we’re trying to move forward. of what we expect will be a big question,” said Dr. Tigue.
About 500 patients here are lining up to get the vaccine once that approval comes.
But not all parents are immediately sold for their children.
“I think the most important thing that parents should take comfort in is that the actual steps for vaccine approval are the standard that would be done with any product. The main issue is that we were able to enroll subjects very quickly and easily and the funding was there and therefore sometimes the process seems faster for families. But all the actual steps of approval and rigorous study have been done,” said Dr. Tigue.
Because the risk of serious illness in children who get COVID is very low, many parents ask, “should my child get the vaccine?”
“While the majority may never be hospitalized, children with COVID who are hospitalized are often much sicker than some of their adult counterparts.”
So what about side effects? The biggest concern for parents is a heart condition called myocarditis.
In a trial involving 3,000 children who received the Pfizer injection, zero cases were found.
“We won’t see any problems with that if they happen until tens of thousands of children have been vaccinated,” said Dr. Tigue.
Before kids can roll up their sleeves, both the FDA and the CDC must sign up.
That could happen as early as next week.
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