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, infection rates in schools, herd immunity, and more.
PPP to Resume Giving J & J Vaccine
The CDC and FDA have lifted the pause on using the J & J COVID-19 vaccine. Please call the office to schedule a vaccine appointment for patients 18 and older and for parents.
- All adults in the United States are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines as the last states have opened eligibility to everyone age 16 and older
- The U.S. recently met President Biden’s goal of administering 200 million vaccine doses during his first 100 days in office
- “While timing may differ by state, we estimate that across the U.S. as a whole we will likely reach a tipping point on vaccine enthusiasm in the next 2 to 4 weeks,” the Kaiser Family Foundation reports.
“Once this happens, efforts to encourage vaccination will become much harder, presenting a challenge to reaching the levels of herd immunity that are expected to be needed.”
Infections in Schools May be Higher Than Previously Reported
ABC News reports that “A Nebraska study on asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in schools has found that infection rates may be higher than previously believed.”
“Infection rates in schools…were two-and-a-half times higher for staff and nearly six times higher for students than what was being reported through routine self-initiated tests and reporting.
The study didn’t review if the cases originated in the school, just that teachers and students were coming to school with COVID-19 that was not previously identified because of limited testing outside of the school environment.”
Is Herd Immunity Possible?
USA Today reports that some researchers indicate “that with about a quarter of Americans saying they might not want to be immunized, herd immunity is simply not an attainable goal.”
“’It’s theoretically possible but we as a society have rejected that,’ said Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group. ‘There is no eradication at this point, it’s off the table. The only thing we can talk about is control.’
After initially aiming for the kind of protection provided by the measles vaccine, officials are now focused on containment similar to the flu: acknowledging there will be regular outbreaks but hoping to limit them as much as possible.
‘We need to pivot the conversation away from thinking of herd immunity as a target we get to or we don’t,’ said a statistician. ‘It’s simple – the more immunity, the better off we’ll all be.’”
More Reassurance that Vaccination During Pregnancy is Safe
The AP recently stated that “one of the largest reports on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy bolsters evidence that it is safe.”
“The preliminary results are based on reports from over 35,000 U.S. women who received either the Moderna or Pfizer shots while pregnant. Their rates of miscarriage, premature births and other complications were comparable to those observed in published reports on pregnant women before the pandemic.”
Low Risk of Breakthrough Infections
CNN recently reported that “For fully vaccinated people, the risk of still getting COVID-19 — described as ‘breakthrough infections’ — remains extremely low, a new study out of New York suggests.”
“Among 417 employees at Rockefeller University who were fully vaccinated with either the Pfizer or Moderna shots, two of them or about .5%, had breakthrough infections later, according to the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.”
Vaccines are Effective Against New York Variant
The NY Times reports on two lab studies showing that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines prevent serious illness and death from the New York variant of the COVID-19 virus.
Tax Credits to Help Spur Vaccinations
President Biden recently announced new employer tax credits and other steps to encourage people reluctant to be inoculated to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Biden announced a tax credit for small businesses to provide paid leave for those getting vaccinated or potentially needing to take time off to recover from side effects.
‘We’re calling on every employer, large and small, in every state, give employees the time off they need with pay to get vaccinated,’ Biden said.”
Building Resilient Brains
There have been justified concerns about the toll the pandemic has taken on the mental health of children and their parents. This article by Elemental offers a look at the brain science explaining resilience and how to promote it.
“In the brain, resilience means protecting against many stress-induced changes, particularly in regard to the size, activity, and connectivity of the amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex — the brain’s fear, memory and mood, and executive control centers, respectively.
How does one prevent these neural changes? Some of it is genetic — gene variants affect the levels and activity of circulating stress hormones, as well as the hormones that counteract them. But perhaps more importantly, behavioral interventions can also build resilience and serve as a buffer against stress for those important brain systems.”
Take the Shot: Hawks Promote Vaccination
Atlanta Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins and current Hawks players discuss their support of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Watch here: Atlanta Hawks & Emory Healthcare Vaccine PSA
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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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.