June 20, 2022
We are eagerly expecting that tomorrow, June 21st, the CDC will approve the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months through 4 years of age. We are recommending that all children be vaccinated against COVID-19. While COVID-19 is not as severe in children as it is in the adult populations, it still causes infections, hospitalizations, and deaths in comparable numbers to other diseases in which we vaccinate.
- NAP is holding a COVID vaccine clinic exclusively for this age group this weekend June 25th/26th in our Amherst office. The clinics held this weekend will have second dose clinics held July 16th/17th and third dose clinics held September 10th/11th. Second and third dose appointments will be scheduled at check out.
- Our scheduling system requires officially approved before we can open it. We anticipate scheduling to be open tomorrow through the MyChart patient portal within two hours after approval.
- There will also be plenty of opportunity to receive this vaccine in other ways. Starting next week, we will be offering the vaccine at your child’s routine physical appointments and at our Friday COVID clinics in the Amherst office.
- NAP will only be able to offer the Pfizer COVID vaccine. Data has shown it to be both effective and safe in preventing COVID-19. The dose schedule for this vaccine is 3 weeks between the 1st and 2nd dose and 2 months between the 2nd and 3rd dose.
- We are once again partnering with the City of Northampton to offer this vaccine at their clinics. They will have both the Pfizer and Moderna brands. Please visit the city’s website for more information (https://www.northamptonma.gov/2219/Vaccine-Clinics).
- If your child had COVID recently, they can still receive this vaccine if it has been 10 days since testing positive and their symptoms have resolved. However, our providers also think it is reasonable to wait 3 months since their infection since your child will likely still have good immunity during this period and therefore, they are not at as much risk for reinfection.
For those of you who want to receive more information about the vaccine, including why we are recommending it, possible side effects and other information, we will be providing an informational zoom meeting in the coming weeks.
Northampton Area Pediatrics