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, including its effectiveness in teens, the increase in cases amongst children, potential benefits of vaccinating while pregnant, and more.
Vaccine for Children 12-15
The FDA and CDC have authorized the Pfizer COVID vaccine for children 12-15 years of age. The CDC and AAP now indicate that the COVID vaccines can be given at the same time as other vaccines and have removed the restriction on getting other vaccines 2 weeks before or after the COVID vaccine.
- PPP recommends the COVID vaccine for ALL patients 12 and older.
- PPP has received limited quantities of the Pfizer vaccine from the Georgia Department of Public Health. We will give the vaccine to patients in the office during scheduled appointments and offer COVID vaccine clinics as our supply of vaccine permits. We are now scheduling appointments for our COVID clinic on Thursday, May 20th.
- We also have the J&J single dose available for patients and parents 18 and older. You may call at any time to schedule a time to get the J&J vaccine.
- Children can safely get the vaccine outside our office if it is available sooner.
- Look for updates on vaccines on the practice website, Facebook page and via e-mail and text.
- NPR has a good FAQ page about the vaccine in teens:
Vaccinated People No Longer Need Masks in Most Settings
The CDC now indicates that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or social distance in most settings.
The CDC Director said that “anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities- large or small- without wearing a mask or physical distancing”
The requirements to wear masks during travel- on buses, trains, planes and public transportation- still stands. Masks should also be work in hospitals and other medical settings.
The physicians and staff at PPP will continue to wear masks in the office. We request that all parents wear masks while visiting PPP as well as all children 2 and older.
COVID Vaccine Does Not Cause Infertility
Some parents of teens are hesitant to get their children vaccinated due to concerns about the vaccine’s impact on future fertility. The AAP and other medical organizations reassure parents that the vaccine is safe for teens.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states:
“As experts in reproductive health, we continue to recommend that the vaccine be available to pregnant individuals. We also assure patients that there is no evidence that the vaccine can lead to loss of fertility. While fertility was not specifically studied in the clinical trials of the vaccine, no loss of fertility has been reported among trial participants or among the millions who have received the vaccines since their authorization, and no signs of infertility appeared in animal studies. Loss of fertility is scientifically unlikely.”
Children Account for One-Fifth of U.S. COVID-19 Cases
The AAP reports that children now comprise over 22% of new COVID-19 infections.
“Just one year ago, child COVID-19 cases made up only around 3% of the U.S. total. Experts link the trend to several factors – particularly high vaccination rates among older Americans…But other dynamics are also in play, from new COVID-19 variants to the loosening of restrictions on school activities.”
Further Evidence that Vaccinated Pregnant Women Pass Antibodies to their Unborn Babies
HealthDay reports on a recent study showing that COVID “antibodies were found in 99% of the cord blood of babies whose mothers received both doses of the two-dose vaccines, and in 44% of those whose mothers received one dose.”
“The study also found that the vaccines triggered antibody production in pregnant women as soon as five days after the first dose, while the transfer of antibodies through the placenta to the baby began as soon as 16 days after the first dose.
The higher a mother’s antibody levels, the higher her newborn’s antibody levels. Also, the longer since vaccination, the greater the likelihood that mothers and their newborns would have detectable antibodies.”
Vaccine Trials Starting in Children Under Two
Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has started studying the Pfizer vaccine in children less than two years old:
Excellent Vaccine Effectiveness in Teens
Moderna reported recently that its vaccine is showing a 96% effectiveness rate in testing of adolescents ages 12 to 17. Pfizer has reported its COVID-19 vaccine was 100% effective in a study of adolescents ages 12 to 15.
Majority of Americans Continue to Wear Masks
“A majority of Americans say they are still wearing their masks at all times despite loosened coronavirus restrictions in some states, such as mask mandates being abolished.”
“The poll found that 57% of Americans are still wearing their masks at all times when they leave the house.
Around 50% percent of people said that they always remain six feet from others.”
Some Students Choosing to Continue with Virtual School
The NY Times reports that as schools continue to resume in-person classes nationwide, some students are electing to continue with distance learning.
Some students seem to do better with learning from home. In addition, “for every child and parent who has leaped at the opportunity to return to the classroom, others changed their lives over the past year in ways that make going back to school difficult. The consequences are likely to reverberate through the education system for years, especially if states and districts continue to give students the choice to attend school remotely.”
Ibuprofen Does Not Increase Risk for COVID Patients
HealthDay reports that “taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen doesn’t make COVID-19 worse or more deadly, a new study finds.”
“When the pandemic began, doctors debated if NSAIDs increased the severity of COVID-19, but this study reports that the use of NSAIDs is safe, the researchers said. Common NSAIDs include Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen).”
Black Doctors Read Tweets to Encourage COVID Vaccination
The Black Coalition Against COVID (BCAC) launched a series in collaboration with marketing agency Real Chemistry called “Black Doctors Read COVID Tweets” to educate young people of color on the importance of getting vaccinated.
Peachtree Park Pediatrics
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.