COVID-19 Vaccine Update
With this week’s authorization of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to be use in children 12 years of age and older, Pediatric Partners is pleased to announce that we will be administering COVID-19 vaccines for our patients and their families. We plan on holding our first vaccine clinics at our Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens locations on Saturday May 22nd and Sunday May 23rd from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm.
Pediatric Partners is thrilled that our pre-teen and teens are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. This is truly an amazing scientific break-through and public health accomplishment for our country and our community. Vaccination of our kids will allow them to safely begin socializing, returning to school and will reduce the spread of the COVID infection in our community.
As Pediatricians we appreciate and understand that some of our patients and parents have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine. You can find additional information, including FAQs from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) by clicking HERE.
During our COVID-19 clinics, our pediatricians, nurse practitioners and clinical staff will be present at both locations to help administer the vaccines and answer any questions you may have.
As part of our commitment to our patients and our community we plan on holding more clinics in the near future. If you know anyone who is 12 years or older needing COVID-19 vaccination, we will be happy to accommodate them.
To book an appointment go to our patient portal or call us at 561-741-0000.
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Our goal at Pediatric Partners is to keep all our patients and their families healthy, and not only to treat illness when it occurs, but to help prevent children from severe life-threatening illness caused by vaccine preventable diseases.
Since the discovery of Small Pox vaccine in 1798, safe and effective vaccines have been thoroughly researched and developed over the centuries, and have almost completely eradicated many devastating and life threatening illnesses.
As with all vaccines and new medications, the COVID-19 vaccine was scrupulously tested and safely and effectively administered to tens of thousands of volunteers before releasing it to the public, and at this time millions of doses have now been safely administered.
This has dramatically reduced the death rate from COVID-19 as well as the spread of the virus in our country, but we have a long way to go.
COVID-19 vaccines continue to be monitored very closely.In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that COVID-19 vaccines will have “the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history”.
Serious side effects that would cause a long-term health problem are extremely unlikely following COVID-19 vaccination. Long-term side effects following any vaccination are extremely rare. Vaccine monitoring has historically shown that if side effects are going to happen, they generally happen within six weeks of receiving a vaccine dose. For this reason, the Food and Drug Administration required each of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines to be studied for at least two months (eight weeks) after the final dose. Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines, and no long-term side effects have been detected. These facts are telling us that the CDC continues to closely monitor COVID-19 vaccines.
Compared to adults, younger children have been overall less severely affected by COVID, but many children have gone on to develop a severe late onset illness called MIS-C, and many have died. Currently as the older population has been vaccinated, the number of cases in children and young adults is now rising dramatically, and many of these patients are hospitalized and in the ICU.
Children do have a strong immune system which will actually help them respond to the vaccine more effectively and safely, and will protect them from severe illness.
In addition, the more people that are vaccinated, both adults and children, will help to create herd immunity and eventually eradicate this virus entirely.
Pediatric Partners continues to recommend timely vaccination with all the currently recommended vaccines for children, and we also strongly recommend you protect your children and yourselves by getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
At Pediatric Partners we appreciate and understand that some of our patients and parents have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, CLICK HERE to view additional information and FAQs from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) that can help answer additional questions you may have.
Children & The COVID-19 Vaccine