Bay Area Pediatricians Already Prepare As FDA Consider Authorizing Vaccine For Children Aged 5-11 – CBS San Francisco

SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – Young children, ages 5 to 11, could receive the COVID-19 vaccine as early as next month if they get clearance from the FDA, but pediatricians are already preparing.

“We have seen children in all of our children’s hospitals, including ours, who have been hospitalized, on ventilators,” said Stanford University professor of global health and pediatrician Dr Yvonna Maldonado. “Some children died. This is nothing to be taken lightly.

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White House official Jeff Zients said on Wednesday that the Biden administration had asked governors across the country to enroll pediatricians and other providers in immunization programs so they can be prepared for administer doses once authorized.

“We know that children make up about 25%, or one in four cases of COVID in this country right now,” Maldonado said. “I think the ability of governors to register pediatricians so that they can immunize children is a really smart idea.”

Some of Pfizer’s trials on young children have been conducted by Stanford Health, et. Maldonado said parents of participants – as well as pediatricians around the world – are eagerly awaiting vaccine approval.

But not everyone is so keen to vaccinate their children, including Ilya Vrublevskiy who has a 5 and 8 year old.

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“I’m not an anti-vaxxer, but I want to have some more data,” Vrublevskiy said. “I think it’s irresponsible to put more stuff in their body until we have more data. At the end of the day, I’m ready to leave the state because we’re not going to put it in them. “

A few weeks ago, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he plans to make the COVID-19 vaccine a requirement for middle and high school students once the vaccine receives full FDA approval, making California the first state in the country to announce such a measure.

Newsom said young children would also be subject to this requirement once approved. The measure would come into effect on January 1 or July 1, whichever comes first.

In Santa Clara County, health officials have also prepared to roll out the vaccine to young children once they are informed.

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“We knew that pediatric approval day was likely to come,” said Dr. Jennifer Tong, deputy chief medical officer at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. “We try to make our sites fun for children. More importantly for me as a parent, I hope this will reduce the risk of disruption for my own young child, disruption of their school time. “

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