5-11 y.o. Covid Vaccine Available – FAQs & Info 3 weeks ago

The Covid-19 vaccine by Pfizer has now been approved for EUA for our patients aged 5 to 11 years old. The FDA, CDC, ACIP and AAP are all recommending that children between the ages of 5-11 years receive this vaccine. East Cobb Pediatrics is proud to continue serving as a pediatric Covid vaccination site for our patients. As such, we will begin offering this pediatric vaccine to our patients beginning Monday November 8, 2021. We will continue to offer the >12 years and up Pfizer vaccine as well.

We are excited to be able to offer these vaccines to our patients and know many of you have been eagerly awaiting their arrival. We have already begun taking appointments to offer these vaccines during the week and ask that you be patient as our phone nurses work on getting everyone scheduled.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

1.  Why should my child get the COVID vaccine?  We are all ready to put this pandemic behind us and have our children return to normalcy in school and in their social life. Research shows that this vaccine was about 91% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children ages 5 to 11 years of age.  The vaccine has also been proven to help decrease transmission of COVID-19. Finally, the vaccine could prevent your child from becoming severely ill or experiencing short term or long term complications if infected with COVID-19.

2.  Is the dose the same as the previous version? No, the pediatric 5-11yo Pfizer vaccine is a 10 microgram dose and the >12 yo Pfizer vaccine is a 30 microgram dose. 

3.  Can the COVID vaccine be given with other vaccines, like the flu vaccine? Yes

4.  If I just received another vaccine, do I have to wait to receive the COVID vaccine? No

5.  Is this a one dose vaccine? No, the Pfizer vaccine is a 2 dose series given at least 21 days apart. At this time, no booster is recommended beyond the 2 dose series.

6.  My child is 11yo now, should I wait for the >12yo vaccine? The pediatric vaccine has been shown to be effective in producing a robust immune response and we do not recommend delaying vaccination to wait for a higher dose. Note: If you are 11yo when you receive your first dose and 12yo when you receive the second dose, you will receive the 10 microgram dose for both vaccines.

7.  My child is big for their age. Should they receive the higher vaccine dose? No, the dose is based on age (and maturity of immune system) rather than weight. 

8.  My child already had COVID-19 infection. Do they need a vaccine? Yes. While infection with COVID-19 does provide some protection, many studies have demonstrated that the duration of protection and the strength of your protection varies from person to person. The vaccine will provide durable and uniform protection.

9.  What kind of side effects does this pediatric COVID vaccine have? The side effect profile is similar to those experienced by those ages 12 and up. The most commonly reported side effects were injection site pain, fever, headache, chills, muscle pain, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes, nausea and decreased appetite. The side effects occurred mostly within 1-3 days of vaccination. It is ok to give over the counter pain relievers or fever reducers if your child has any of these symptoms. 

10. Can COVID-19 vaccine affect the heart? There have been reports of myocarditis and pericarditis after mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, particularly in males ages 12-17yo. Myocarditis is the inflammation of the heart muscle, while pericarditis is the inflammation of the lining outside of the heart. These reports are very rare and if they occur, they are self limited and usually resolve within 3-5 days. Most of the people who received care quickly felt better after receiving medicine and resting. Symptoms to watch for include: Chest pain, shortness of breath, feelings of having a fast beating, fluttering or pounding heart. If your child has any of these symptoms within a week of getting the COVID-19 vaccine, please seek medical attention. 

 

East Cobb Pediatrics has been following the pandemic and new developments related to treatment and vaccination for the past 2 years. We agree with the FDA, CDC, ACIP and AAP in recommending this vaccine to our patients. We look forward to helping our East Cobb Pediatric families navigate their way to the end of this pandemic and believe these vaccines are a safe and effective way to do so!

Posted: 3 weeks ago
By: Sophia

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