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, updated CDC guidelines for children attending summer camp, the potential impact of Memorial Day celebrations, and more.
- The FDA has increased the time that the Pfizer vaccine can be stored in the refrigerator from 2 to 4 weeks, making it easier for PPP and other locations to stock and administer the vaccine:
- The Moderna vaccine has been shown to be 100% effective in preventing symptomatic illness in adolescents 12-15 years old:
- The CDC reports that “at least 25 states, plus Washington, DC, have now fully vaccinated at least half of their adult residents.”:
Update Guidelines for Mask Wearing at Camp
The CDC has updated recommendations for mask wearing at Summer Camp.
At camps where everyone is fully vaccinated, children and adults don’t need to wear masks or physically distance. At camps where not everyone is fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends using layers of protection, including masks, physical distancing, handwashing, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, limiting shared objects, routine cleaning, screening and testing those with symptoms.
Campers and staff ages 2 years and older who are not fully vaccinated should wear face masks indoors. This includes times when they are with their own cohort at day camps. However, overnight campers who sleep in the same cabin can remove their masks when no one outside that cohort is nearby.
Outdoors, campers and staff do not need to wear a mask unless they are in a crowded setting or in sustained close contact with other people who are not fully vaccinated. Masks should not be worn during swimming or boating.
Breakthrough Infections Rare After Immunization
CDC investigators identified only 10,262 breakthrough infections in the U.S. through the end of April when over 101 Million Americans had been vaccinated.
“’Even though FDA-authorized vaccines are highly effective, breakthrough cases are expected, especially before population immunity reaches sufficient levels to further decrease transmission,’ members of the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Case Investigations Team wrote. ‘However, vaccine breakthrough infections occur in only a small fraction of all vaccinated persons and account for a small percentage of all COVID-19 cases.’”
According to the report, 2% (n = 160) of patients with a breakthrough infection died and 10% were hospitalized.”
Long-Lasting Immunity from Disease Followed by Immunization
The NY Times reports on two studies showing that “Immunity to the coronavirus lasts at least a year, possibly a lifetime, improving over time especially after vaccination.”
“Together, the studies suggest that most people who have recovered from COVID-19 and who were later immunized will not need boosters. Vaccinated people who were never infected most likely will need the shots, however, as will a minority who were infected but did not produce a robust immune response.”
Variants Now Identified by Greek Alphabet
Reuters reports that “Coronavirus variants with clunky, alphanumeric names have now been assigned the letters of the Greek alphabet to simplify discussion and pronunciation while avoiding stigma.”
Protection Against Re-infection Last 10 Months or More
Reuters reports on a U.K. study showing that “previous COVID-19 infection substantially reduces the risk of a new infection for up to 10 months afterwards.”
The study involved nursing home residents. The study author said “the fact that prior COVID-19 infection gives a high level of protection to care home residents is also reassuring, given past concerns that these individuals might have less robust immune responses associated with increasing age.”
Teens Can Get Severe COVID Disease
The NY Times reports on a CDC study comparing COVID-19 to recent Flu seasons.
“The number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 among adolescents in the United States was about three times as high as hospitalizations linked to influenza over three recent flu seasons, the study found.
Still, about 16,500 children have been hospitalized for Covid-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 322 have died, making it one of the leading causes of death among children, an AAP spokesperson noted.
‘It sounds like it’s not a lot of deaths,’ especially compared with 600,000 dead in the United States, she said. But ‘it should still be horrifying that 300 to 600 kids are dying because of something that is preventable.’
U.S. Blood Supply is Safe from COVID-19
HealthDay reports that “COVID-19 does not pose a threat to the safety of the United States’ blood supply under existing donor screening guidelines.”
The study looked at samples from over 250,000 blood donations and found that “only three of the samples tested positive, and all had very low concentrations of the virus.”
Mixing of COVID Vaccines Being Evaluated
CNBC reports that “the NIH said it started a trial looking at what happens when an adult who is fully vaccinated with one type of Covid vaccine, like Pfizer’s, is boosted with a different shot about three to four months later.”
“The results of this trial are intended to inform public health policy decisions on the potential use of mixed vaccine schedules should booster doses be indicated,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Impact of Memorial Day Weekend May be Seen in Mid-June
A CNN medical analyst reports that the impact of Memorial Day weekend may not be seen for another week. “In some ways, this was the first big stress test. We have restrictions lifted en masse, people going about their normal lives. We know that in the past, after major holidays and an increase in travel, that we then had a substantial uptick in the rate of infections.”
Vaccine May be More Effective in 12–15-Year-olds Than in Older Teens
HealthDay reports on a study showing that children 12-15 years of age had higher antibody responses to the COVID vaccine than those aged 16-25.
This is consistent with data on the HPV vaccine which show a more robust immune response when it is given in the early teen years.
This study also showed a similar safety profile for young teens received the vaccine with “no vaccine-related serious adverse events were reported, and there were few serious adverse events overall.”
Incentives to Get Vaccinated by July 4th
President Biden has announced a goal of getting 70% of U.S. adults vaccinated by July 4th, and is offering some unique incentives for those on the fence.
Companies across the country are offering support to help adults get vaccinated, as well as rewards once they have had the shot.
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.
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