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COVID-19 Update – Friday, August 6, 2021

By August 6, 2021No Comments


Parents of Peachtree Park Pediatrics,

We continually strive to provide you with the most up to date information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on for the latest vaccine information, updated CDC recommendations, the pandemic’s impact on your teen’s mental health, and more.

 

Vaccine Updates

  • “At the urging of federal regulators, two coronavirus vaccine makers are expanding the size of their studies in children ages 5 to 11 — a precautionary measure intended to detect rare side effects.”

New York Times: Vaccine Makers Are Asked to Expand Safety Studies on Children

A spokesperson for Moderna said the company “expected to seek emergency authorization in winter 2021/early 2022.”

  • With more than 156 million Americans fully vaccinated, nationwide, approximately 153,000 symptomatic breakthrough cases are estimated to have occurred as of last week, representing approximately 0.098% of those fully vaccinated.

ABC News: Symptomatic breakthrough COVID-19 infections rare, CDC data estimates

According to the White House COVID-19 Task Force, severe breakthrough infections remain rare, and nearly all of these hospitalized patients — 97% — are unvaccinated.

  • More than 99.99% of people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 have not had a breakthrough case resulting in hospitalization or death.

CNN: About 99.999% of fully vaccinated Americans have not had a deadly Covid-19 breakthrough case, CDC data shows

  • The pace of vaccinations is increasing in states with low vaccination rates and worsening outbreaks.

CNBC: U.S. Covid vaccination rates rise as Americans in hard-hit states rush to get shots amid delta fears

Healio: Data support second COVID-19 vaccine dose, even when allergic reaction occurs with first

  • Serious side effects are rare in teens receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

HealthDay: After Nearly 9 Million Pfizer Shots for U.S. Teens, Serious Side Effects Rare: CDC

Side effects were reported by 1 in 1000 teen vaccine recipients and over 90% of those side effects were minor.

  • USA Today interviews an FDA official who explains why the COVID-19 vaccines have not been fully approved yet.

USA Today: The COVID-19 vaccine still doesn’t have full authorization. Why? An FDA official explains.

  • “Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine continues to show strong protection against serious illness and hospitalization after 6 months, but overall protection against the virus appears to wane after a half a year, according to a new study.”

MedScape: Pfizer Vaccine Protection Wanes After 6 Months: Study

“The study found that overall effectiveness fell from 96% to 84%.”

  • 70% of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of vaccine.

The Washington Post: U.S. hits Biden’s vaccination goal a month late, with 70 percent of adults receiving at least one shot

 

Updated CDC Recommendations About Testing After Exposure if Vaccinated

The CDC “now advises that vaccinated people be tested for the virus if they come into contact with someone with COVID-19, even if they have no symptoms.”

The New York Times: The C.D.C. now says fully vaccinated people should get tested after exposure even if they don’t show symptoms

Previously, the health agency had said that fully vaccinated people did not need to be tested after exposure to the virus unless they were experiencing symptoms.

Fully vaccinated people should wear a mask in public indoor spaces after exposure, the agency said. Three to five days later, they should be tested for the virus.

If the results come back negative, they can stop wearing masks indoors. If results are positive, the infected should isolate at home for 10 days.

The change was prompted by new data suggesting that even vaccinated people who are infected by Delta may carry large amounts of the virus and transmit it to others.”

 

2/3 of U.S. Counties Have High COVID-19 Rates

“The CDC said recently that 66.6% of U.S. counties had transmission rates of COVID-19 high enough to warrant indoor masking and should immediately resume the policy.”

Reuters: CDC says nearly 67% of U.S. counties have substantial, high COVID-19 transmission

 

Medical Groups Call for Mandatory Vaccination of Health Care Workers

“Leading groups for doctors (the American Medical Association), nurses (American Nurses Association) and other health care professionals are calling for COVID-19 vaccines to be mandated for health care workers.”

The Hill: Major medical groups call for mandatory vaccinations of health-care workers

Their statement said “this is the logical fulfillment of the ethical commitment of all health care workers to put patients as well as residents of long-term care facilities first and take all steps necessary to ensure their health and well-being.”

 

Delta Variant Caused Massachusetts Outbreak Among Vaccinated

“Breakthrough infections were responsible for three-quarters of COVID-19 cases in an outbreak during large public gatherings on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and nearly all sequenced cases were the Delta variant, researchers found.”

MedPage Today: CDC Alarmed: 74% of Cases in Cape Cod Cluster Were Among the Vaxxed

The CDC Director “specifically pointed to the high viral loads among the vaccinated in this case, suggesting that vaccinated people infected with the Delta variant can transmit the virus.”

 

Teen Depression and Suicide Concerns Increased During the Pandemic

“Depression and suicide concerns increased among adolescents during the pandemic, especially among females, according to a recent study.”

HealthDay: Depression, Suicide Concerns Up Among Teens During Pandemic

“An increase was seen in the percent of adolescents screening positive for depression, from 5.0 to 6.2 percent; greater increases were seen among female, non-Hispanic Black, and non-Hispanic White adolescents.”

 


We encourage everyone to continue to use good hand hygiene and practice social distancing as much as possible. Please contact our office with any further questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Peachtree Park Pediatrics

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Peachtree Park Pediatrics strives to deliver up-to-date primary care to our infant, child, and young adult patients in a welcoming and family-friendly environment.  The practice has deep roots in the Atlanta community, and it is our continued honor to be entrusted with the health care of our next generation.


Peachtree Park Pediatrics
3193 Howell Mill Rd NW Suite 250
Atlanta, Georgia 30327
404-351-1131
www.peachtreeparkpeds.com/