High demand for COVID-19 vaccine in kids

Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 9:54 PM CST
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - It’s been nearly three weeks since federal regulators gave the approval for the COVID-19 vaccine in children as young as five.

The Children’s Clinic of Southwest Louisiana has been packed with kids rolling up their sleeves to get the shot.

“COVID-19 is everywhere, and this is very bad condition in the whole world,” MD Rahman said.

The Children’s Clinic of Southwest Louisiana has received over 1,600 COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 since approval was given.

Now, only a small portion of those vaccines are left.

“I have patients ask me all the time, they can’t wait. I even had one this morning said, ‘I just wanted to tell you we came and got the vaccine.’ They didn’t even ask me,” Dr. David Wallace said “So, there’s a group of patients - this patient this morning was an RN. There’s definitely patients. I had another one call me at lunch asked me what I thought about it, because she wanted to get it - just wanted to pass it by me first.”

Wallace, with the Children’s Clinic of Southwest Louisiana, spoke with infectious disease doctors working on the Pfizer trial, and they say said the vaccine is safe.

“In the Pfizer trials - so they’ve done extensive trials - there’s really be no significant side effects whatsoever,” Dr. Wallace said. “So, I know any time you do a vaccine, you always weigh the benefit and the risk. And I, personally, think the benefit way outways the risk in this age group.”

Rahman’s daughter is not old enough to get the vaccine just yet, but as soon as she’s eligible they will be first in line.

“The vaccine is safe. There is a lot of sides like yeah because first-time going through start [of] COVID, a lot of people died. But after vaccine come out, there’s a lot of people who recovered from that,” Rahman said.

But not everyone is running to get in line. For Janiesha Simpson, she’s holding off on it.

“I’m just like ‘no,’ because he was already pre-mature,” Simpson said. “I had to deal with him being in the hospital for two months, so nuh-uh.”

Dr. Wallace encourages anyone with questions about the COVID-19 vaccine for children to reach out to their physician.

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