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COVID-19 Update – Friday, November 5, 2021

By November 5, 2021November 10th, 2021No Comments


Parents of Peachtree Park Pediatrics,

Dear 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 the pediatric vaccine for children 5-11, immunity gained from vaccination vs that from infection, and more.

 

Vaccine Approved for Ages 5-11

“Younger children across the U.S. are now eligible to receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, after the head of the CDC granted the final clearance needed for shots to begin.” 

See – Bloomberg: CDC Gives Final Go-Ahead for Pfizer’s Pediatric COVID Vaccine

“The decision ushers in a new phase in the U.S. pandemic response, widening access to vaccines to some 28 million more people.”

Due to an outstanding response, our initial COVID clinics for younger children are full.  We will send updates by e-mail and Facebook when more COVID vaccine clinic appointments open.

 

COVID Vaccine Dosing is by Age, Not Size

Vaccine approval for children 5-11 has “created some confusion for parents of 11-year-olds on the cusp of turning 12. Is it best to hold out for the larger dose? Or is it better to get the smaller dose right away? Does the weight or height of the child make any difference?” 

See – New York Times: When Vaccinating Kids, Does Weight Matter? Should an 11-Year-Old Wait to Turn 12 to Get a Bigger Dose?

Vaccine experts agree that “the appropriate dosage is best determined by a child’s age — not their size.”  Parents should get their children vaccinated as soon as possible, not waiting until after they turn 12.  If a child’s first dose if before their 12th birthday they should get the vaccine approved for 5-11 year olds; if they turn 12 prior to the 2nd dose, they should get the vaccine approved for 12 and older.

 

COVID Shots More Protective than Past Infection

A new study from the CDC “offered more evidence that vaccinations offer better protection against COVID-19 than immunity from a prior infection.”

“Unvaccinated people who had been infected months earlier were 5 times more likely to get COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people who didn’t have a prior infection.”

Another CDC study “found that both infection-induced and vaccine-induced immunity are durable for at least six months — but that vaccines are more consistent in their protection and offer a huge boost in antibodies for people previously infected.”

PPP recommends the COVID vaccine for all our eligible patients, regardless of whether they have tested positive for COVID in the past or had a symptomatic infection.

 

4th Dose of Vaccine May be Needed for Immunocompromised Individuals

A CDC study showed that “two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines were 77 percent effective against COVID-related hospitalization for immunocompromised people.”

“That was a significant degree of protection, the agency said, but far lower than the shots’ benefit to people without immune deficiencies: In those people, the vaccines were 90 percent effective against COVID hospitalizations.”

Updated guidelines from the CDC say that “people with certain health conditions that make them moderately or severely immunocompromised may get a fourth mRNA COVID-19 shot.”

“The CDC authorized a third dose for certain immunocompromised people 18 and older in August. It said a third dose, rather than a booster — the CDC makes a distinction between the two — was necessary because the immunocompromised may not have had a complete immune response from the first two doses.

At this time, the CDC does not have a recommendation about the fourth shot. People should talk to their doctors to determine if it is necessary, the CDC says.”

 

AAP President Provides Guidance on COVID

“Throughout the pandemic, the job of calming jittery families and promoting kid safety has fallen to America’s pediatricians.”

In an interview with USA Today, AAP President Lee Savio Beers updated information for parents.

 


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/