COVID-19 Vaccines

As has been widely published the COVID-19 vaccine has been in use since mid-December.  Initially there was established CDC and State guidelines that focused on distributing the vaccine in a systematic manner so that those with the highest risk get the vaccine first.  In May 2021, all persons 12 years and older are eligible to receive the vaccine.  Wildwood Pediatrics strongly recommended that everyone receives the vaccine.  

On October 29, 2021 the FDA authorized the Pfizer vaccine for all children aged 5-11 years of age and the CDC approved it on November 2, 2021!! This is great news since close to 40% of new cases in children are in this age group.

 

The vaccine for children aged 5 years to 11 years of age is now available!  They are available at local pharmacies, health districts, the Yale New Haven Health Hospital system at this time.  Please use the following links to find a location near you:

 

Connecticut Dept. of Public Health:  DPH

Connecticut River Area Health District:  crahd.org

Yale New Health Hospital:  YNHH

Connecticut Children's Medical Center:  CCMC

CVS Pharmacy:  CVS

Walgreens Pharmacy:  Walgreens

 

Of note, we applied many months ago to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine in our office but we are still waiting on the Department of Public Health; we expect it may be availble to us in the next several weeks.

Also, our entire staff has been fully vaccinated.

Studies of infants and children under 5 years of age are currently underway but the timetable for the results of these studies are not known.

The vaccine is safe for everyone to receive unless you have a severe or anaphylaxis type reaction to an ingredient in one of the vaccines, namely polyethylene glycol or polysorbate, or if you had a severe or anaphylaxis type reaction to the first COVID-19 vaccine you received.  If you have a severe or anaphylaxis reaction to food, insect bites, antibiotis, etc. you are safe to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  If you are currently receiving immunosuppressant medications please talk with your specialists about the best time to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  

If you have concerns whether your child should get the vaccine please contact our office to make an appointment.  

For additional information:

1.  Yale's FAQ about vaccines:  Here

2.  FDA announcement of the COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year old children:  Here

3.  CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines.html

4.  Amercian Academy of Pediatrics:  Parent FAQ

5.  COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:  CDC

6.  CT Department of Public Health (Phases of vaccine distribution):  Here 

7.  Healthy Children:  Expected side effects

8.  Healthy Children:  Vaccine development

9.  Healthy Children:  Vaccine Science

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