We understand the confusion some parents face when deciding whether to let their child take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Children between the ages of 5 and 11 are now eligible for the vaccine following the federal government’s emergency approval for the pediatric dose of Pfizer vaccine. We are starting to see the vaccine becoming available in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, and we are sure it will become even more available as the days and weeks go by.
So the $64,000 question is whether or not parents will have their children vaccinated. We understand that parents will have questions, and we also realize that there are millions of sources of information to answer those questions – some less reliable than others.
This is a time when the area’s pediatricians are an important source of information. Parents have entrusted their chosen pediatrician to care for their children through countless illnesses, fevers, coughs, bumps, and developmental milestones. Pediatricians not only know the children they care for, but they also have first-hand knowledge of the various diseases and viruses that pass through a community at any given time.
Parents, if you have any questions, please consult your pediatrician. You have chosen to rely on their expertise to help you keep your child healthy. If the pediatrician’s office is your first call when your child develops an unexpected fever, it should be a first call if you’re concerned about the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine.
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