COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids 6 Months to 5 Years Available Now
With CDC's approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for infants and children 6 months through 5 years of age, Pediatric Partners is happy to announce that we are now able to vaccinate all of our patients six months and older.
For kids 6 months through 5 years of age, we are offering the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine.
- Children 6 months through 5 years old will receive two 25-microgram doses administered 4 weeks apart.
- COVID-19 vaccine is safe to co-administer together with the flu vaccine and all routine vaccines.
- At this time, Pediatric Partners is offering to vaccinate patients 6 months through 5 years old during our special vaccine clinics only. To view when our special vaccine clinics take place, click HERE.
COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids 5+
The CDC has given its approval to begin vaccinating 28 million children in the U.S. between the ages of 5 to 11 years with the pediatric formulation of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. This is a milestone achievement in our continuing efforts to protect your children, your family, and our community from COVID-19.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the CDC, and the FDA found the vaccine to be safe and effective. The science clearly demonstrated that the benefits of the vaccine far outweighed any potential side effects (No serious adverse events were reported).
Pediatric Partners is excited about the opportunity to begin vaccinating school-aged children between 5 and 11 years old within the next few days. We anticipate the delivery of the vaccine to all of our offices by the end of this week and will immediately begin administering the vaccine. We have scheduled “walk-through” vaccine clinics for the mornings of Saturday, November 13th, and Sunday, November 14th in our Palm Beach Gardens and Boca offices. Our clinical staff members including providers will be present during the clinics.
We invite you to join us, follow the science and get your child or teen vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccine will be available in our offices for all age-eligible patients, their parents, their family members, and their friends (even if not our patient).
Here is some helpful information about the COVID-19 vaccine approval for kids 5 years old and older:
- Children 5 — 11 will receive two 10-micrograms doses administered 21 days apart. The dose is one-third of the adolescent and adult dose.
- Doses are determined by age and not size.
- COVID-19 vaccine is safe to co-administer together with the flu vaccine and all routine childhood and adolescent vaccines.
- Children with prior infection with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) should still receive the COVID-19 vaccine according to CDC guidelines.
- Children who have recovered from multi-system inflammation syndrome (MIS-C) need to be vaccinated.
- The clinical trials for this age group found the vaccine to be 90.7% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19.
- There have been in the U.S. 1.8 million cases, 8,300 hospitalizations and 94 deaths from COVID-19 for children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old. COVID-19 is now the 8th leading cause of death in this age group.
- Safety data from the trials found the most common reactions (all mild to moderate) were mild pain at the site of injection, fatigue, and headaches. No serious adverse events were reported.
- The mental health and education of our children have been gravely impacted by this pandemic. The AAP, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Children’s Hospital Association have declared a national emergency in children and adolescents mental health as a result. By getting the vaccine our children will be able to return to physical and social activities on a regular basis.
Call our office at 561.741.0000 or visit our patient portal at www.pediatricpartners.com to schedule your child’s appointment.
Vaccines are our best means to keep our children safe and healthy. Our future is now brighter!
As you are aware COVID-19 is rapidly spreading through our community and affecting our children in unprecedented numbers.
Many of you have children who currently have COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19 and have your children at home in isolation or quarantine. We are providing this video today to help guide you during this very difficult and stressful situation.
This video will answer your questions about isolation or quarantine if your child has COVID-19 or has been exposed to COVID-19
If your child is very ill and needs to be seen please call the office immediately to schedule an appointment.
As always, your pediatricians at Pediatric Partners are following the medical science and public health guidelines of the CDC to best keep your children healthy and safe, and to be able to keep them in school safely.
The Florida Department of education has guidelines for public school children that may differ from those of the health department and CDC
If your child currently has COVID-19 and is in isolation at home he or she will be required to remain in isolation and away from school for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and may return to school if he or she is fever free for at least 24 hours and his/her symptoms have resolved. Please try to keep your child isolated from other vulnerable family members as much as possible
If your child is COVID-19 positive but is asymptomatic, he/she is still required to stay at home in isolation for 10 days and may return to school thereafter. Once again keep your child isolated from other vulnerable family members as the virus can be spread from asymptomatic carriers.
If your child has been exposed to a known case of COVID-19, he/she is required to stay home for 14 days from the last exposure , as long as he/she remains symptom-free
If Your child is in quarantine because of a close contact with someone who has COVID-19, and he/she develops symptoms while in quarantine your child will be required to stay home for an additional 10 days from the onset of their symptoms, and return to school if he/she is fever free for 24 hours and symptoms have resolved
If your child or any family member is at home with symptomatic COVID-19, it is important to try to isolate that person as much as possible. Any family members who are exposed to that person will need to remain in quarantine 10 days after the last exposure, so if they continue to be exposed in the household, they would have to quarantine for an additional 10 days after each repeat exposure. Family members that are vaccinated do not need to quarantine but should continue to wear their masks in public and get tested if they become symptomatic
If you still have unanswered questions about quarantine or isolation, or you are concerned about your child’s health please call our office to speak to one of our triage nurses or to set up an appointment.
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