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COVID-19 Update – Friday, June 18, 2021

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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 updates, some insight as to why we continue to wear masks at PPP, vaccine effectiveness against COVID variants, and more.


Myocarditis and Vaccination Studied

An advisory panel of the CDC will hold an emergency meeting this week to discuss rare reports of heart inflammation after doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

The Hill – CDC to hold ’emergency meeting’ on heart inflammation after COVID-19 vaccines

The CDC reported that it had identified 475 cases of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the lining around the heart) in people younger than 30 years old.

Preliminary data suggested that the vast majority of such patients had fully recovered from their symptoms.

In an AAP discussion, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said “The bottom line is this: When you compare the risk of cardiac complications among adolescents who have had COVID vs. the numbers that we’re seeing here, it is very clear to us at this point in time that the benefits still outweigh the risk when it comes to vaccination.”


Over 300 Million Vaccine Doses Given in the U.S.

Reuters reports that the CDC says over 310 million doses of COVID vaccine have been administered in the U.S.

Reuters – U.S. administers 310.6 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines – CDC

174 million Americans have received at least one dose and nearly 145 million are fully vaccinated.


96% of Doctors Vaccinated

The American Medical Association says 96 percent of practicing physicians have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Forbes – AMA: 96% Of Doctors Are Vaccinated Against COVID-19

“Practicing physicians across the country are leading by example, with an amazing uptake of the COVID-19 vaccines,” AMA President Dr Susan R. Bailey said. “Physicians and clinicians are uniquely positioned to listen to and validate patient concerns, and one of the most powerful anecdotes a physician can offer is that they themselves have been vaccinated.”


Why We Continue to Wear Masks at PPP

The CDC has indicated that vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks in many settings.  However, healthcare offices were specifically excluded from that recommendation.

The physicians and staff at PPP continue to wear masks for every patient interaction.  We want to do everything we can to protect vulnerable patients and family members, particularly those who have weakened immune systems or are too young to be vaccinated.

Please wear a mask throughout your visit to our office (children under age 2 excluded).  You may remove your mask while in the exam room with the door closed, but please replace your mask when staff members or the doctor enters the room.


Low Vaccination Rate in Georgia’s Young Teens

According to the Department of Public Health “young people aged 12 and above have been eligible for vaccine since May 10. But out of the state’s 440,000 children aged 12 to 14, just 63,000 have had at least one dose of vaccine.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Clayton County child…

More than 100,000 Georgia children have contracted COVID-19, 1300 have been hospitalized and at least 11 have died.

“Children who die of COVID-19 usually have underlying conditions such as asthma, obesity or other chronic conditions. Three in Georgia did not.”

Vaccine Most Helpful in Elderly

The Hill reports that “older Americans experienced larger declines in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths after the vaccine became available compared to those aged 18 to 49, according to a CDC study.”

The Hill – Study: Older Americans saw larger declines in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths after vaccine became available

‘From November 29, 2020, to May 1, 2021, COVID-19 incidence, ED visits, hospital admissions, and deaths declined more in older adults, who had higher vaccination coverage, than in younger adults, who had lower coverage,’ the study reads.”


J & J Vaccine Effective Against Variants

The Hill reports on a study showing “the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine produces several immune responses allowing it to be effective against different variants of the virus.”

The Hill – Johnson & Johnson vaccine effective against variants: study

“The research determined that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine activated immune responses against the original COVID-19 strain, as well as the Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Epsilon variants. 

The study concluded that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine ‘offered strong protection against symptomatic’ cases of COVID-19 in South Africa and Brazil where variants have caused most sequenced cases.”

Separate studies indicate that the Pfizer vaccine also is effective against variants while data on the Moderna vaccine is pending.


Hospitalization Occurs Almost Exclusively in Unvaccinated

NBC News reports that virtually all patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.

NBC News – Virtually all hospitalized COVID patients have one thing in common: They’re unvaccinated

“The trend appears to be occurring at hospitals nationwide. Unvaccinated children, too, seem to be at increased risk for severe illness.”


Activity Safety for Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated

A reminder that vaccinated individuals can safely participate in many more activities than those who have not been fully vaccinated.


















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.

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