KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WVLT) — Starting Wednesday, local pediatricians could be handing out COVID-19 vaccine shots to children ages 5 to 11.
Chief Medical Officer of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Dr. Joe Childs, said: “We think this vaccine is best administered in their GP’s office.”
dr. Childs said pediatric offices statewide should order the vaccine so families can go directly to their primary care physician.
He said that in studies, children had mild symptoms from the injection, including aching arms, aches, fever and fatigue.
dr. Childs is still recommending everyone get the vaccine after seeing an increase in pediatric hospitalizations during this delta wave.
“We are concerned about complications with COVID such as the MIS-C that is often talked about. There are even conversations about long-term COVID, which are long-term symptoms after you’ve had COVID,” said Dr. Childs.
If this age group gets approval, it means most school-age children will be eligible for the vaccine.
dr. Kathryn Edwards of Vanderbilt University said school districts could reconsider their masking policies, depending on the situation.
“As more are vaccinated and the infestation decreases, we may indeed consider removing masks,” said Dr. Edwards.
Doctors recommend that children with heart defects, asthma, and any childhood cancer receive the vaccine.
dr. Edwards insists that all children receive the vaccine, including her younger grandchildren.
“I have 5 grandchildren in this age group and I hope they are the first in line to get the vaccine,” said Dr. Edwards.
If this age group is approved, 94% of the US population will be eligible for the vaccine.
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