San Antonio pediatrician ready to answer parents’ questions about Pfizer vaccine once FDA approves emergency use

San Antonio – Pfizer is seeking approval for its COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 and older, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hear the data in a few weeks. Pediatricians in San Antonio say they are ready to answer their parents’ questions and concerns about the vaccine.

dr. Robert Sanders of University Health, Associate Medical Director of PediExpress, said his youngest child is 11 years old and will be ready to be vaccinated within weeks of receiving emergency use clearance from the FDA.

“We really want all children to be vaccinated, but all children with underlying health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and immunosuppression should be vaccinated as soon as they are approved. These are the children who need to be vaccinated,” says Sanders.

The vaccine will be approved for children ages 5 to 11 before and after Thanksgiving.

“The study is amazing and it will be a big change for our kids here in San Antonio,” Sanders said.

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Side effects are similar to those seen in adults and can last for 1-2 days. The severity of COVID-19 in most children is mild, but not everyone. The American Academy of Pediatrics has reported the deaths of more than 500 children in the United States. Currently, the Bexar County Hospital has 20 children with COVID-19.

For the sick children that Dr. Sanders saw at COVID-19, he says it is no small matter. It can lead to weeks of recovery, missing school and breathing difficulties.

Metrohealth says it will rely on a local pediatric clinic to help distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to children once it’s approved. The age group they really want to be vaccinated in is between 12 and 29 years old.

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