Children aged 5 to 11 can now receive a COVID injection. One of the first: 7-year-old Kye’vontay Jordan. “All I felt was a little pinch,” Kye’vontay said. “Now I can sleep without worrying about him going to school and, you know, exposure to the coronavirus can really hit him and confuse him,” said Kye’vontay’s father, Brian Jordan. Fifteen million doses of childhood vaccines will arrive in thousands of locations across the country in the next week. The White House promises sufficient supply to protect the 28 million children aged 5-11 in the country. hospitals and small clinics started ordering doses last week. “We don’t have a vaccine yet. We are eagerly awaiting our shipment,” said Dr. Lauren Wilson, a pediatric hospital at Community Medical Center in Missoula, Montana. “So today is the first day we’ve given this vaccine and our phones are ringing off the hook,” said Dr. Jennifer Shu, a pediatrician in Atlanta. This rollout will look different from the mass vaccinations we saw in adults in February and March. Colorful plasters and cute therapy dogs are tools in the arsenal to make these pokes less scary.” At first I felt nervous, but I mean I knew what the injections felt like at the time, I felt fine,” said Carter Giglio. It comes at a time when vaccine hesitancy and misinformation are affecting vaccines. Only a quarter of parents say they will vaccinate their children right away. “I think we’d rather focus on building their immune systems rather than just giving them vaccines,” Salah Sarir said. “I just need more data see. Once it’s actually implemented and they’ve had a little more testing and a little bit more detail and actually talked to my pediatrician,” Brigette Rahming said. “We only got ours when I spoke to our primary physician. That was important.” Pfizer’s mRNA injection is about 90% effective in preventing symptomatic infection in children. Those findings come from a clinical trial of more than 4,000 primary school-age children. It’s one-third the dose for adults of 10 micrograms “As for the side effects, you know, the early clinical trials seem to indicate that children may have fewer side effects or not as severe,” said Dr. Rosha McCoy, senior director of the Association of American Medical Colleges “I think some of the parents who are skeptical, who have had bad side effects themselves, may be more skeptical if they’re concerned about inflicting it on their kids,” said Dr. Ross McKinney, the Association’s chief scientific director. of American Medical Colleges. Some health care providers take extra time. At the Community Medical Center in Missoula, they are waiting for the start of pediatric injections at 8 n october. “One of the reasons some people don’t vaccinate this Thursday is because the doses are 21 days apart,” said hospital physician Dr. Wilson, who is also the vice president of the Montana chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “And if you were to give a vaccine on Thursday, that would mean the second dose would have to be on Thanksgiving. And most of the people are either out of town or with family, and a lot of our health workers are off.” vaccinated will receive their second injection on November 24. That’s the day before Thanksgiving. Since science says you’re considered fully vaccinated two weeks after that second shot, kids vaccinated now will be fully protected before the Christmas holidays.
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