Pediatrician shares vaccine suggestions for parents as COVID-19 cases spike in kids due to Delta variant
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in children, a Greenwich pediatrician shared with News 12 what she'll be telling parents in her practice about vaccinating their children.
Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine works for children as young as 5 years old. Pfizer's trial included 2,200 kindergarteners and elementary school-aged kids.
Pediatrician Dr. Maya Rasheed at Valley Pediatrics of Greenwich says about 80% of her patients between the ages of 12-17 are vaccinated.
"There's been no negative side effects from it...the children have tolerated it really well," Rasheed said.
She points to that data when she thinks about 5- to 11-year-old children receiving the vaccine against COVID -19.
She hopes a vaccine approved for children will offer them a chance to go back to school and stay in school.
Rasheed says she wants to wait until the vaccine is approved by the Food and Drug Administration before recommending the vaccine to her patients. Children are expected to receive a lower dose of the vaccine.
"There's going to be some hesitation, but once they see that children are receiving it and doing well with it, I think they'll feel more comfortable too," Rasheed said.
Pfizer expects to get emergency use authorization from the FDA in the next few weeks.