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 travel guidelines, vaccine passports, and more.
COVID Clinic Scheduled for April 10th
PPP has received a limited supply of the J&J (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine. This is a single-shot vaccine and is available for active patients ages 18-21.
We are now scheduling appointments by phone for our first COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, which will be held this Saturday, April 10th in the afternoon. You will be asked to verify demographic information, including insurance and complete a brief clinical questionnaire.
- Vaccinations are available to patients ages 18-21, by appointment only.
- This vaccine cannot be combined with any of the other COVID-19 vaccine brands (i.e., if you had your first COVID-19 vaccine shot elsewhere, this can NOT be your second dose).
- You cannot have had ANY OTHER VACCINE in the two weeks prior to your COVID vaccine, nor can you receive any other vaccine in the two weeks after. For example, if you have a well health check appointment for next week and there will be vaccines at that appointment, you should NOT schedule for this Saturday.
Please call our office for more information or to schedule an appointment. We hope to offer another COVID Clinic soon when we receive our next shipment.
Plan Summer Check-ups to Avoid Conflict with COVID-19 Vaccines
Children 16 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Georgia and children 12-15 may be able to get vaccinated before school starts in August.
No other vaccines should be given for two weeks before or after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. As teens normally get routine vaccines against Meningitis and Tetanus at their 16- and 18-year visits, those check-ups need to be timed so that they don’t conflict with COVID-19 vaccination. Please don’t schedule COVID-19 vaccination within 2 weeks of your child’s check-up; otherwise, they will need to return later for a separate vaccine visit.
Vaccination 90% Effective
The analysis assessed the effectiveness of the vaccines in preventing infections among 3,950 clinicians, police, fire and EMS staff and other front-line personnel in six states over a 13-week period from Dec. 14, 2020, to March 13, 2021.
USA Today reports on a separate Pfizer study which showed that “six months after getting a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine as part of a 46,000-person clinical trial, volunteers remained more than 90% protected against symptomatic COVID-19 and even better protected against severe disease.
Out of 927 trial participants who fell ill with COVID-19 more than a week after their second dose, only 77 had received the active vaccine, compared with 850 who got a placebo.
There were no serious safety concerns among the 12,000 volunteers who were at least six months past their second dose.
The study also showed that the vaccine is effective against a virus variant called B.1.351, first identified in South Africa.”
Updated Travel Guidance from the CDC
The CDC had updated travel recommendations for fully immunized individuals.
- CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19
- Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it
- Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine
Travelers should not only practice good hygiene (mask wearing, hand washing, maintaining social distance) during travel but also at their destination, especially if visiting people who are not immunized or interacting with those whose immunization status is unknown.
The President’s 90-90 Plan
“President Joe Biden unveiled his new “90-90” plan, saying that 90% of U.S. adults will be eligible to get a Covid-19 shot by April 19, and 90% of the nation will live within five miles of a vaccination site as his administration more than doubles the number of participating pharmacies.”
“Biden has pledged to administer 200 million shots in total under his presidency by the end of April and is on pace to do that.”
No Cost Testing for APS Students and Families
Atlanta Public Schools is teaming up with Children’s Health Care of Atlanta and other leading healthcare organizations to bring highly efficient drive-through PCR COVID-19 testing at no out-of-pocket expense to the entire APS Family—including all students, faculty, support staff, and family members.
Testing is done at Frederick Douglass High School on Hamilton E. Holmes Drive in Northwest Atlanta.
Learn more here: COVID-19-Testing-APS
Vaccine Safe and Effective in Children 12-15
Reuters reports on a Pfizer study showing their “COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective and produces robust antibody responses in 12- to 15-year-olds.”
“In the trial of 2,260 adolescents aged 12 to 15, there were 18 cases of COVID-19 in the group that got a placebo and none among those who received the actual vaccine, resulting in 100% efficacy in preventing the illness.
The vaccine was well tolerated, with side effects in line with those seen among participants aged 16 to 25 in the adult trial.”
Business Insider reports that “the Biden administration is working on a vaccine-passport program that would allow people to prove they have received a coronavirus vaccination before entering venues that have been closed during the pandemic, such as offices or movie theatres.”
“Vaccine passports have been widely touted around the world as a way for commerce to start returning to normal while reducing the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks. They could be required for entry to sports arenas, music venues, or restaurants, or to travel internationally.
The passports will likely take the form of a scannable code displayed on smartphones, while users without smartphones will be able to print codes onto paper.”
Dramatic Drop in All Respiratory Illnesses with Mask Use
KHN reports that “masks and physical distancing are proving to have major fringe benefits, keeping people from getting all kinds of illnesses — not just covid-19.”
- Across 44 children’s hospitals the number of pediatric patients hospitalized for respiratory illnesses is down 62%.
- The number of flu deaths among children is usually between 100 and 200 per year, but so far only one child has died from the disease in the U.S. during the 2020-21 flu season.
- S. flu deaths this season will be measured in the hundreds instead of thousands.
Project to Evaluate Free, Rapid, In-home COVID-10 Tests
“The project — called “Say Yes! COVID Test” — will roll out 2 million antigen tests to as many as 160,000 people across two locations in North Carolina and Tennessee. Each household will receive 25 tests, which is enough to test two people per household three times a week for up to a month.”
“We’re trying to evaluate in their day-to-day lives how consumers, when provided access to testing, rely on it to make a decision on what behavior is responsible.”
Safe Family Activities Until Children are Vaccinated
USA Today outlines safe family activities when the parents have been vaccinated but the children haven’t.
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.