Pediatricians in Northern Michigan Getting Ready to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines in Kids 5 to 11

Kids Creek Children’s Clinic in Traverse City is getting ready to vaccinate their patient’s ages five to 11 against COVID-19.

“It’s so important that we can vaccinate this age group one because we can protect them from getting COVID-19” said Stephanie Glades, Pediatrician at Kids Creek Children’s Clinic. “Two, we can hopefully slow the spread of the pandemic and return to somewhat normal life again.”

The Food and Drug Administration’s recommendation on the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for ages five to 11 comes as pediatricians’ in Northern Michigan have seen an uptick in kids visiting the doctor.

“We’ve seen more kids than we’ve ever seen in the past 18 months since the return to school this year,” said Dr. Glades. “That has to do with the Delta variant that has to do with kids being unmasked and spreading it within a school.”

“I absolutely plan on vaccinating my daughter. I think it is important to vaccinate everyone who can be, to protect our community,” said Allie Stephens, parent.

But not all parents are jumping at the opportunity to get their kids vaccinated.

“As of now, we do not plan on vaccinating our kids, my kids are healthy, and we follow all health protocols,” said Aimee Russell, parent.

Dr. Glades encourages all parents to talk to their children’s doctor and write questions down to ask about the COVID-19 vaccine for kids.

Many kids are afraid of getting shots, and Dr. Glades has some tips to make the experience a little less scary.

“We like to use either a cold spray or distraction when we give a shot,” said Dr. Glades. “Afterwards, if they’re having some side effects of soreness at the site, achy body or headache, or are low-grade fever, we can give Motrin or Tylenol.”

Kids Creek Children’s Clinic has preordered the mini-dose Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for kids and will only administer it to their patients.

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