GPH pediatrician talks efficacy of Pfizer vaccine among kids

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) – New protection against COVID-19 is possible for kids as young as 12 as federal health officials expand eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine.

The West Central District Health Department started the week with 900 dozes of the Pfizer vaccine, the only vaccine approved for people under the age of 18.

Studies conducted by Pfizer show side effects from the vaccine are minimal in children, similar to those in adults.

Doctors said if a large portion of kids under 18 aren’t vaccinated, it could create more pandemic issues and help the virus mutate into different forms.

“Initially we thought the complications were restricted to kids who have other underlying health conditions like asthma, diabetes or immune system problems, but even healthy kids can produce inflammatory response and can develop certain types of illnesses like pneumonia and other co-existing problems,” Dr. Soogandaren Naidoo, pediatrician at Great Plains Health.

Doctors say the only way to reach herd immunity for COVID-19 is through vaccination.

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