Pediatrician shares adviceon COVID-19 vaccine for children

“Five percent of the population is between 12 and 15 years old, and that’s a huge number of people we need to get through the herd immunity threshold,” said Dr. Daniel Blatt.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Editor’s Note: The video broadcast above indicates that one of the children is 12 years old.

More than 3,000 children have pre-registered for a COVID-19 vaccine at Norton Healthcare’s six sites after the FDA approved Pfizer vaccines for administration to children between the ages of 12 and 15.

A parent or guardian will go through the process with them.

“The only big difference we’ll have is there is a consent process as the first step,” said Craig Johnson, vice president of operations at Norton Healthcare. “We’re excited about it [the more than 3,000 that have registered] I will say it is hopefully a sign that this community still wants to get vaccinated. “

Matthew Bowdy has two sons, aged 17 and 14.

“As soon as they say, ‘yes, the doors are open,’ we’ll be in line, ” Bowdy said.

His eldest son has been fully vaccinated.

“My 14-year-old is upset that he hasn’t had the chance yet, so he’s thrilled that it can be taken care of,” said Bowdy.

Distance learning was one of the motivating factors.

“He’s done fine, but he’s a very social kid,” Bowdy said. “The worry that I thought was less for both of our boys was more that they can be carriers and maybe give it to someone else.”

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Dr. Daniel Blatt of Norton Children’s Hospital and UofL Health says children are vital if we are to achieve immunity to the herd.

“The only way we can get there is to get everyone involved in the effort,” said Blatt. “Five percent of the population is between 12 and 15 years old, which is a huge number of people we need to pass the herd immunity threshold.”

Blatt says all vaccines will naturally have side effects, and that’s usually a good sign.

“If your child gets vaccinated, don’t be alarmed if there is a fever or muscle pain or if they feel unwell for a short period of time because then their immune system will really increase and make antibodies as it should,” said Blatt .

Norton Healthcare will host a Facebook Live Thursday at noon to answer questions and concerns from parents about vaccines for children.

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