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COVID-19 Update – Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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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 for children and pregnant women, updated AAP recommendations for masks in school, and more.

 

AAP Recommends Masks for Children in School

NBC News reports that “the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that all children over the age of 2 wear masks when returning to school this year, regardless of vaccination status.”

“The AAP, which said it’s important for children to return to in-person learning this year, recommends that school staff also wear masks. The AAP is calling the new guidance a ‘layered approach.’

‘We need to prioritize getting children back into schools alongside their friends and their teachers — and we all play a role in making sure it happens safely,” said Sonja O’Leary, chair of the AAP Council on School Health. ‘Combining layers of protection that include vaccinations, masking and clean hands hygiene will make in-person learning safe and possible for everyone.’

The AAP said universal masking is necessary because much of the student population is not vaccinated, and it’s hard for schools to determine who is as new variants emerge that might spread more easily among children.”

Reports by ABC News and 11Alive review the differences between the AAP recommendations and those by the CDC.

 

Pandemic of the Unvaccinated

“CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky warned that the outbreak in the U.S. is becoming ‘a pandemic of the unvaccinated’ because nearly all hospital admissions and deaths are among those who hadn’t been immunized.”

–  AP News: ‘Pandemic of the unvaccinated’ burdens busy US hospitals

Dr. Walensky also said that the delta variant of the novel coronavirus is now responsible for 83 percent of all sequenced COVID-19 cases in the United States.

– The Hill: CDC director: Delta variant accounts for 83 percent of all COVID-19 cases in US

 

HHS Says Booster Doses Not Needed

“U.S. health officials, after meeting with vaccine maker Pfizer, reiterated recently that Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need to get a booster shot at this time.”

– Reuters: U.S. officials say vaccinated don’t need booster right now

“A top CDC scientist also said more study is needed to determine whether additional shots could raise people’s risk of serious side effects.”

 

Summer Camp Outbreaks

“The U.S. has seen a string of COVID-19 outbreaks tied to summer camps in recent weeks in places such as Texas, Illinois, Florida, Missouri and Kansas, in what some fear could be a preview of the upcoming school year.”

– AP News: Summer camps hit with COVID outbreaks — are schools next?

“In some cases the outbreaks have spread from the camp to the broader community.”

 

Vaccine for Children Under 12 Expected Mid-Winter

NBC News reports that an FDA official says that “emergency authorization for Covid-19 vaccines in children under 12 could come in early to midwinter.”

“One sticking point for some families who remain hesitant, the official said, is that the vaccines currently in use are administered under emergency use authorization and have not been given full approval by the FDA. Full approval, if it comes quickly after the emergency round, could alleviate that concern.”

 

Breakthrough Disease After Vaccination

The Today show reports that “as the coronavirus continues to spread across the country, there are frequent reports of fully vaccinated people contracting COVID-19. Experts say these ‘breakthrough casesare expected, and want to assure people the vaccines are still highly effective.”

“’There are going to be some people who are not protected, even by two doses of the vaccine, but they should have more mild disease,’ said a Pediatrician and Infectious Disease expert. ‘The vaccines are really highly protective against severe disease, so even those who get COVID-19 after two doses of vaccine are much more likely to have mild disease.’”

 

Risk of Guillain-Barre Syndrome with J & J Vaccine

“The Food and Drug Administration warned recently that Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine can lead to an increased risk of a rare neurological condition known as Guillain-Barré syndromeanother setback for a vaccine that has largely been sidelined in the United States.”

“Although regulators have found that the chances of developing the condition are low, they appear to be three to five times higher among recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine than among the general population in the United States.

– NY Times: F.D.A. Attaches Warning of Rare Nerve Syndrome to Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

The risk is low enough, according to a Pediatric vaccine expert, that ‘for people trying to make a rational decision, this should not influence their decision to get vaccinated.’”

 

Hospitalizations for Teens With Eating Disorders Rose Sharply During Pandemic

Health Day reports that “new research suggests that more than twice as many young people as is normal were hospitalized with eating disorders in the first 12 months of the COVID-19 surge in the United States.”

“’These findings emphasize how profoundly the pandemic has affected young people, who experienced school closures, canceled extracurricular activities, and social isolation. Their entire worlds were turned upside down overnight,” said a study author. ‘For adolescents with eating disorders and those at risk for eating disorders, these significant disruptions may have worsened or triggered symptoms.’”

 

Moderna Vaccine Trial in Pregnant Women

Moderna is beginning a vaccine study which “is aiming to enroll about 1,000 females over 18 who will be studied over a 21-month period.”

– Fox News: Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trial in pregnant women should ‘reassure’ public…

“The CDC states that pregnant women can get a COVID-19 vaccine, but clinical trials specifically studying the jabs among this population were not included when the FDA granted any of the vaccines’ emergency use authorization.”

According to an OB and Infectious Disease expert “preliminary data collected from the CDC and FDA safety monitoring systems ‘did not identify any safety concerns for pregnant people who were vaccinated or their babies,’ and areas of continued research include longer-term data for pregnant women vaccinated early in their pregnancies, or shortly before becoming pregnant, with months-long follow-up of the infant.”

 


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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