Local pediatricians join effort to increase confidence in coronavirus vaccines

Gov. John Bel Edwards and state health leaders have called on doctors to instill confidence in the coronavirus vaccines by having evidence-based conversations with their patients. Anthony Hudson, of Lakeside Pediatrics, said he already has those conversations on a daily basis. “Just today I had three parents asking about it,” said Hudson. “I think they may be leaning towards vaccination if they are asking those questions, but vaccine reluctance is normal.” his personal opinion. “I’d like to put it in terms of what I’d do for my own daughters, and I’d like to vaccinate them,” Hudson said. “But they are only 8 and 9.” At the moment, only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for anyone 12 and older. But on Monday, Dr. Joseph Kanter of the Louisiana Department of Health said Moderna could get approval for the same age group in a month or two. He added that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that it is safe to have your child vaccinated against coronavirus at the same time that they receive other routine vaccinations. “If they go to their pediatrician’s office now, if their pediatrician has the COVID vaccine, they can give it at the same time as any other vaccine they need to get caught up,” Kanter said. Hudson said that’s good news because some families are delaying preventive care during the pandemic. “It’s daunting to see that happening, not to see so much attention being paid to well visits, but that’s understandable,” Hudson said. “As a parent of two children, I certainly see the reluctance to go out in public. There were so many questions early on.” Many parents still have questions about vaccinating their children and what this could mean for the coming school year. Angelia Vicknair, mother of two, runs the New Orleans Mom blog. She said thousands of followers still don’t know what to do. “A lot of parents just have questions,” Vicknair said. “They are trying to make their own decisions as the CDC is changing plans.” Vicknair told WDSU she still hasn’t decided whether to vaccinate her children, 7 and 10, when they qualify. when parents make the decision about how to go about it, “said Vicknair. Hudson encouraged anyone with questions about the vaccine to contact a trusted source, such as their pediatrician.” interaction with the face, that ability to look a pediatrician in the eye and ask questions, ”said Hudson. WDSU reached out to local school districts about how they want to address issues like masking and vaccinations this fall. NOLA Public Schools sent us the following statement: “Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, NOLA Public Schools continues to follow its roadmap to reopening, consulting its medical advisers, and following the Centers for Disease Control guidelines on best practices to prevent students staff healthy and sa eg “Anyone entering school buildings this summer will be required to wear masks and follow COVID-19 safety procedures as a precaution. Further guidance for the 2021-2022 school year will be provided following an upcoming review of the NOLA-PS Roadmap to Reopening That Will Happen This Summer. ”Jefferson Parish Public Schools shared this statement, which was sent to families on Tuesday Peered: “JP Schools Family, this afternoon, Governor John Bel Edwards announced an end to the statewide mandate for school masks after the end of the current academic semester. As such, we will continue to follow our current health and safety protocols through the last day of school for students (May 26) and teachers (May 27). The plans for next school year will be based on guidance from federal, state and local officials and the public health situation. As we return to more normal times, vaccinations remain an essential part of keeping our schools and communities safe. We encourage all eligible to seek out vaccination options this summer. Visit jpschools.org/vaccine for information on vaccines. ”

Gov. John Bel Edwards and state health leaders have called on doctors to instill confidence in the coronavirus vaccines by having evidence-based conversations with their patients.

Dr. Anthony Hudson, of Lakeside Pediatrics, said he already has those conversations on a daily basis.

“Just today I had three parents asking about it,” said Hudson. “I think they might be leaning towards vaccination if they are asking those questions, but sure enough, hesitation about getting vaccinated is very normal.”

Hudson told WDSU that he is discussing the technology used to make the vaccine, as well as giving his personal opinion.

“I like to say it in terms of what I would do for my own daughters, and I would like to vaccinate them,” Hudson said. “But it’s only 8 and 9.”

At the moment, only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for anyone 12 and older.

But on Monday, Dr. Joseph Kanter of the Louisiana Department of Health said Moderna could get approval for the same age group in a month or two.

He added that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that it is safe to have your child vaccinated against the coronavirus at the same time that they receive other routine immunizations.

“Now if they go to their pediatrician’s office and their pediatrician has the COVID vaccine, they can give it at the same time as any other vaccine they need,” Kanter said.

Hudson said this is good news as some families are delaying preventive care during the pandemic.

“It’s discouraging to see that happening, not to see so much attention for well visits coming in, but that’s quite understandable,” said Hudson. “As a parent of two children, I certainly see the reluctance to go out in public. There were so many questions early on.”

Many parents still have questions about vaccinating their children and what this could mean for the coming school year.

Angelia Vicknair, mother of two, runs the New Orleans Mom blog. She said thousands of followers still don’t know what to do.

“A lot of parents just have questions,” Vicknair said. “They are trying to make their own decisions while the CDC is changing plans.”

Vicknair told WDSU she still hasn’t decided whether to vaccinate her children, 7 and 10, when they qualify.

“We as parents will have to make the decision about how we want to go about it,” said Vicknair.

Hudson encouraged anyone with questions about the vaccine to contact a reliable source, such as their pediatrician.

“Nothing can really substitute for just that personal interaction, that ability to look a pediatrician in the eye and ask questions,” said Hudson.

WDSU reached out to local school districts about how they intend to tackle issues like masking and vaccinations this fall.

NOLA Public Schools sent us the following statement:

“As we have done since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, NOLA Public Schools continues to pursue its Roadmap to Reopening, consult its medical advisers and follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control on best practices to keep students and staff healthy. keep it. and safe.

“Anyone entering school buildings this summer should wear masks and follow COVID-19 safety procedures. Further guidance for 2021-2022 school year will be provided following an upcoming review of the NOLA-PS Roadmap to Reopening scheduled for this to take place. summer. “

Jefferson Parish Public Schools shared this statement, which was sent to families on Tuesday:

JP Schools Family, this afternoon Governor John Bel Edwards announced an end to the statewide school mask mandate after the end of the current academic semester. As such, we will continue to follow our current health and safety protocols through the last day of school. (May 26) and teachers (May 27). Plans for next school year will be based on guidance from federal, state and local officials and the public health situation. As we return to more normal times, vaccinations remain an essential part of our schools and community. We encourage everyone who qualifies to seek vaccination options this summer. For information on vaccines, visit jpschools.org/vaccine. “

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