What a child COVID vaccine rollout might look like
If a vaccine is approved for kids ages 5-11, how will their vaccination process work?
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – CHI Health Creighton’s chief of the Infectious Disease Division, Dr. Renuga Vivekanandan, is very firm on one point: it’s important for kids to get vaccinated.
“Children might not get severe infection”, she says, “but they get post-COVID syndrome, they get that MISC, multisystem inflammatory syndrome, after COVID. So why put our kids through that?”
Dr. Vivekanandan is so sure that vaccines for younger age groups are the way forward that she’s got her 7-year-old daughter enrolled in the Moderna trials.
“She got the vaccine, because she had a fever with her second dose. A placebo will not do that.” Dr. Vivekanandan smiles as she shares, “It’s been two months since getting the vaccine part of the study. No major issues at all, she’s doing wonderful.”
As we wait for the CDC to make their decision on whether to approve Pfizer’s vaccine for use in kids in the 5-11 age bracket, we’re left speculating just how their rollout might work. Dr. Vivekanandan has some ideas.
“Kids don’t like needles as much, right? But my kids do really well with their pediatrician”, she explains. “I think primary care doctors and providers are going to be really important.”
So trade out the big vaccine clinics adults attended for something smaller and more comfortable. Of course, until the CDC makes a decision, it’s a bit of a waiting game.