Flint pediatrician recommends COVID-19 vaccine for children before school
FLINT, Michigan (WJRT) – School will restart for some districts in just a few weeks.
Doctors are urging teens and young adults to get their COVID-19 vaccine long before they return to class. But time is running out for students to achieve a full vaccination on the first day of school.
The latest state data shows that less than one in three children between the ages of 12 and 15 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Flint’s pediatrician Dr Faisal Mawri wants people to remember that once they get their first dose, it will take them about a month before they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Mawri wants teens and young adults to receive their COVID-19 vaccine early so that a normal school year can go off without a hitch. It seems that many are already following.
“We are actually seeing an increased number of teens coming for their Pfizer COVID vaccine. In fact, twice a week, we do it on Tuesdays and Thursdays, ”Mawri said.
He sees between 30 and 40 young adults coming on these days to be vaccinated. When the Pfizer vaccine received emergency use authorization for adolescents in May, Mawri only saw 10 to 15 young adults on those days.
“I think the vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective,” he said. “It has been done in Europe and in the world practically. “
Mawri said the motivation of teens to get vaccinated varies.
“Really, it’s a mixed feeling,” he said. “Some of them are enthusiastic. Some of them just do it because they really want to travel, and they want to get out of the United States, and they want to visit different states, and they want to be with their other loved ones. They want to be with their grandparents. So because of that, they want to protect them.
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