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COVID-19 Vaccine available for 12 years and older

COVID Vaccine is now available for all children 12 years and older, call today for appointment.

The CDC and AAP,  recommend adolescents ages 12 and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19 now that federal health officials have signed off on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for these ages.

In addition to approving the vaccine’s use for adolescents, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its clinical guidance to allow COVID-19 vaccines to be administered at the same time as other routine vaccines.

We are thrilled that those ages 12 and older can now be protected. The data continue to show that this vaccine is safe and effective. we urge all parents to call and get their children and teens vaccinated.

Safety

The most common side effects in adolescents were pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain, fever and joint pain, consistent with trials in older teens and adults.

There were no reports of blood clots nor serious allergic reactions.

Efficacy

Vaccine efficacy for this age group was 100%. Among just over 1,000 vaccine recipients, there were no cases of COVID-19, while 16 were reported among more than 970 placebo recipients. An immunogenicity analysis in 190 participants also showed their response was even better than the response for those ages 16-25 years.

The COVID vaccine will decrease transmission within their families, and it will contribute to community immunity and allow kids to more safely go back to camps this summer and back to in-person school.”

Vaccine administration

The vaccine will be given to adolescents in two doses 21 days apart, the same as for adults. 

The vaccine should not be given to anyone with a history of severe or immediate allergic reaction to a previous dose or component of the vaccine, according to the CDC.

Children or adults with a history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19 may be vaccinated but should consider waiting until 90 days after the diagnosis of this syndrome.

 

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