Kids and COVID-19 shots: A pediatrician weighs in

COVID-19 vaccines are available for children 12 years and older. Now there is testing for a shot for children from 2 years. Area doctors say parents are already calling and asking.

MOUNT POCONO, Dad. Pediatricians in northeastern and central Pennsylvania say their phones have been busy as parents call to get the COVID-19 vaccines for their children: 12 and older.

“We hear a lot of enthusiasm. Our patients called as soon as the FDA announced they would grant emergency use approval for Pfizer for emergency use 12 and above,” said Geisinger pediatrician Dr. Stacey Cummings.

dr. Cummings said people seem very excited about the vaccine for children.

She’s gotten a lot of questions about when younger kids can have it: those 2 and up.

The tests are underway, nothing has been approved yet, but she is hopeful for the fall.

“Pfizer announced that they are looking to the FDA to look at that data in September, so school may just be getting started.

dr. Cummings said having as many children as possible is the key to getting back to a more normal school year, a more normal life.

“I think a lot of families are realizing that this is the key to getting their kids to do normal activities and spend time together, see family and friends and travel and just do everything that is normal for a child.”

dr. Cummings also said some parents may be concerned about giving their children recently approved injections.

She recommends talking to your doctor, adding that there aren’t many health problems that should stop you from getting your child vaccinated.

“We know there are children who are at greater risk and they would be better candidates to have it.”

CDC officials recently said health experts are investigating some heart problems in young adults and teens who have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

At the moment, they say there are “few” reported cases and conditions appear mild.

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