A young Washington man is forced to spend part of the year forming in front of a computer screen instead of in the hallways of the school, soon to be granted a license to enjoy new freedoms.
Government officials said during a media briefing on Wednesday that 378,000 Washington residents aged 12 to 15.
For teenagers, these may be a more normal gateway to summer.
Says Michelle Roberts, the assistant secretary of health in charge of the vaccine launch, for their parents, vaccination can be reassuring and it can be a rest – “little space” – from the offspring that they are. Their love, Michele Roberts, assistant secretary of health responsible for the vaccine launch, said she was keen to vaccinate her own children.
Government officials are prepared to deal with teenagers in need of the vaccine.
“We have a lot of vaccines all over the state of Washington,”; Roberts said.
Approximately 650,000 Pfizer doses are available in the freezer at pharmacies, health clinics and hospitals across the state of Washington, Roberts added this week, “additional Pfizer vaccines are available to all counties in the state.”
The Food and Drug Administration gave emergency authorization for the use of the vaccine in children 12 to 15 years old on Monday. An independent panel of experts advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention met Wednesday and voted to recommend vaccines for these children.
CDC advisers unanimously found that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the potential risks. Clinical trials found the vaccine was 100% effective against symptomatic COVID-19 in children 12 to 15 years of age.
Although children are at lower risk after contracting the coronavirus, more than 13,000 children ages 12 to 17 are treated in hospitals nationwide with COVID-19, according to a slide presented to experts on Wednesday.
During the clinical trials, more than 1,130 children received the vaccine, and similar numbers received a placebo, according to the presented data.
A group of experts advising leaders in Western states is scheduled to meet Wednesday night to review safety and efficacy information. The committee can share the advice with the governor on Wednesday or Thursday.
Although some vaccine providers have already started vaccinating these children, including at the Lumen Field site of Seattle. But Roberts said state health agencies “encourage parents and providers to wait to schedule appointments” until experts weigh in.
Generally, people under the age of 18 will need parental consent for any medical procedure, including vaccination.
“Parents don’t have to be with you. But consent has to be given, ”Roberts said.
There are some exceptions, such as liberated minors and those identified by health care providers as “underage minors” under state law.
Immunizations of younger children and adolescents tend to be managed differently than their previous eligible group.
The size of many vaccination sites can be overwhelming for younger people and it can be affected by seeing other children in distress while receiving a shot.
A team from the Swedish Medical Center, which runs a number of vaccination sites at Lumen Field in Seattle, is planning it, with information from pediatricians and pediatric specialists on how to get the mass vaccination sites into place. Welcoming more children and teenagers, Renee Rassilyer-Bomers. Sweden’s chief quality officer said during a news briefing by the Washington State Hospitals Association on Monday.
One idea is to create a “pod” that will be a private space where others won’t see children being crushed.
Many health workers require children ages 12 to 15 and younger children after they are approved for imaging to be vaccinated by their primary care physician.
“The ideal place for all of their upcoming vaccinations and healthcare to be in a medical home through a primary care provider,” said Dr. Chris Spitter, health officer at the Snoho Health District. Mich said.
Public Health – Seattle and King County are not expected to make any major changes to the vaccination facility and will be offered a Pfizer vaccine for the new age group as soon as Friday if approved. Public health is working with pediatricians to answer their questions, health spokesman Gabriel Spitzer wrote in an email.
“Families should be encouraged to access vaccines for children ages 12 to 15 in whatever way is most convenient for them, whether it’s the county seat, pediatrician, pharmacy, etc.”
The Snohomish Health District will work with established pediatricians to oversee the county’s childhood vaccinations to ensure they are vaccinated and available to provide other care that children may have missed out on. Since the outbreak began last year and a number of regular clinics Traffic becomes virtual
When the child is vaccinated, healthcare providers take that time to monitor the child’s development and physical and mental health, Spitters said during a news briefing on Tuesday.
“As the age of the vaccinated person decreases, the benefits of that visit can be wasted by taking up a large amount of space. That’s why we encourage this to happen in healthcare settings, there are many deferred preventive care, ”he said.
Not all children have primary care physicians. The health district is planning, in partnership with the county’s emergency coordination center, on how to administer vaccinations for these families at vaccination sites operated in the county, Spitters said.
State health officials encourage parents to make early arrangements for their children. Once immunized, they can take part in “sports, drama, dance more safely – anything that makes kids’ hearts sing,” Roberts said.
And when everyone is protected from the virus, the risk is reduced in the wider community – including those who are unable or unwilling to get vaccinated.
More than 6 million doses of the drug have been given in Washington state. About 57% of Washington residents are eligible for at least one vaccine. More than a third are fully vaccinated.
At the same time, the number of new cases reported has dropped and started to decline, according to the state information dashboard. Hospitalization appears to follow that trend as well.
“There is a lot to be hopeful about entering the summer,” said Health Minister Umer Shah.