Nacogdoches pediatrician knows parents are struggling with decisions concerning their kids, COVID-19 vaccine

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) — Business leaders can be distracted by many things, including their children’s health. That’s why the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce has invited a pediatrician to help parents decide whether to vaccinate their children against COVID-19.

Dr. Ryan Head has been getting a lot of questions now that adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 are authorized to receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines. He sees some concern from parents about whether or not to vaccinate their children.

“They just don’t know, and of course they look to us for answers, and often we have answers, but often we don’t have all the answers,” Head said. “We just have evidence that somehow pushes as to what the best course of action is.”

Head says there is no clear evidence of what the vaccines will do to a child in the long term, but there is also no clear evidence of what the virus will do to children.

“We don’t know what the five-year effects of this virus are, we don’t know what the 10-year, 15-year, 20-year effects are because it hasn’t been around that long, so we’re really weighing unknown risks against unknown risks. ”

Head said there is an increase in new COVID-19 infections in pediatric patients.

“The rate of new infections is growing in pediatric patients,” Head said. “That could be due to a number of issues.”

He said he believes one of the reasons childhood cases are on the rise is that much of the at-risk population has been vaccinated.

“And so when you vaccinate most of the people over 20, the only ones who really get the infection are those under 20, and that’s why we’re seeing that increase,” Head said.

One of the things he hears from parents who are hesitant to vaccinate their children is the belief that the vaccines were rushed. Although they were developed quickly, Head said it was not done carelessly.

“Understand that there are a lot of people who really want to make sure this is done right and have put a lot of time, money and effort into this kind of thing to protect us from this virus,” Head said.

And if you decide to have your child vaccinated, Nacogdoches ISD will hold a vaccine clinic on Saturday, June 5. It takes place in the gymnasium of Nacogdoches High School and is open to everyone aged 12 and older.

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