University Health pediatrics specialist offers perspective on children and the COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 hasn’t affected as many children as adults, but it has made some kids very sick, according to University Health.

Dr. Mandie Svatek, a pediatric specialist at University Health, answered some frequently asked questions for parents.

When will COVID-19 vaccines be available for children?

“Currently, children 16 and older have the option to get vaccinated, and we encourage those parents to help get their children in this age group vaccinated – especially if they have health problems,” Svatek said. “While clinical trials were available for children 12 years and older in San Antonio, San Antonio is currently awaiting expansion to 6 months and older, which is taking place in other parts of the country. Pfizer is currently awaiting a response from the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) for EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) approval for 12 and above, which could be this summer. We know that Pfizer and Moderna are still safe and effective and that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is on hold because of blood clots found in six of the approximately 6.7 million people who have received the J&J vaccine. We hope there will be a chance to vaccinate most children in early 2022. “

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Are there any special safety concerns for children related to the vaccine?

“A child’s immune system is different from that of an adult, and therefore their response to vaccines may be different, so it will be important to understand how effective the vaccine is, and to monitor for possible side effects that may be different from that. from an adult. “Svatek said.” As children 16 and older have received the Pfizer vaccine, we continue to discover that this vaccine is safe and effective. It is important to report any adverse events to the (reporting system) so that the CDC can continue to monitor. Pfizer and Moderna continue to demonstrate that these vaccines are safe and effective in preventing hospitalization from COVID. “

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