Albuquerque Mother and father Reply to Pfizer Childhood Vaccine

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – COVID-19 vaccines for children under the age of 12 might be just around the corner. Pfizer said its latest study shows the company’s vaccine is safe and effective at generating a “robust” antibody response in children ages 5-11. Some parents are divided about what the news means to their children.

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“I’m just glad they are bringing out vaccines for children. We are very, very keen to get her vaccinated as soon as possible, ”said Jacinta Rupprecht, a mother in Albuquerque.

“I think COVID is a very real thing and has hurt a lot of people and killed a lot, but I also think we need to look at the numbers and be rational. And until there are long-term studies, I think it is wrong to allow it for such young children, ”said another mother in Albuquerque who refused to give her name.

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Pfizer said children ages 5 to 11 received two doses of the vaccine 21 days apart. Each dose was approximately one third of what was given to adults. According to a press release, the side effects were similar to those seen in vaccinated adults.

“I know the side effects are much less risky than actually contracting COVID and I just want to protect them. I trust science, ”said Rupprecht. “My children are vaccinated against everything. We also do the flu shot. You know, it’s only been 50 years since polio was widespread and no matter what people think of vaccines, I’m just glad we don’t have to deal with polio anymore. “

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“When you consider that toddlers in particular have the lowest risk of developing severe symptoms or dying of COVID, I do not think this is necessary for children of this age. Only when they make longer-term attempts, ”said another mother in Albuquerque.

According to the country’s most recent pediatric report, pediatric cases accounted for roughly a quarter of the country’s COVID-19 cases. According to the same report, pediatric hospital admissions account for 1.6% of all COVID hospital admissions in the state during the pandemic. Recently, the state’s Department of Health said that for every case in one child, about four more went unreported because the case may have been milder.

Pfizer plans to submit its study results to the FDA by the end of the month in hopes of vaccinating children ages 5-11 by Halloween. She expects vaccine results for children under five by the end of the year.

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