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Doctor: Vaccinating kids against COVID is ‘important’ – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-05-04 19:45:07 –

The FDA plans to approve a Pfizer vaccine for children up to 12 years of age by next week.

Portland, Oregon (KOIN) —The United States is ready to approve the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people up to the age of 12, but the decision to vaccinate a child is easy for many parents. It’s not that.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children now account for 22% of all new coronavirus cases in the United States, up from 3% a year ago. In many cases reported in the last few weeks, doctors pointed to more contagious variants of COVID as school activities resumed and children spend more time interacting with others. doing.

At least 300 children under the age of 19 in Oregon have been hospitalized with COVID and hundreds of deaths have been reported nationwide. Dr. Dawn Nort, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, said her 13-year-old child would definitely be vaccinated when the vaccine became available.

“It’s important for people to be vaccinated because they can be very ill and infect people around them, including classmates and teachers,” Nort said.

More than 2,000 children between the ages of 12 and 15 participated in the Pfizer vaccine clinical trial. Studies have shown that it is 100% effective in protecting children and has no serious side effects, compared to more than 90% of the effects in adults.

However, many parents are hesitant about a very new vaccine. Parents and legal guardians need to discuss with a pediatrician to make a decision.

By next week, the US Food and Drug Administration will approve a Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 years and will give injections to many children before the start of the next school year. Currently, people over the age of 16 are authorized to shoot.

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