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

Kids Creek Children’s Hospital in Traverse City is preparing to vaccinate its patients ages five to 11 against COVID-19.

“It is so important that we can vaccinate this age group because we can protect them from contracting COVID-19,” said Stephanie Glades, a pediatrician at Kids Creek Children’s Clinic. “Second, hopefully we can slow the spread of the pandemic and get back to a somewhat normal life.”

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

“We have seen more children than ever in the past 18 months since returning to school this year,” said Dr. Glades. “That has to do with the delta variant, which has to do with the fact that children are exposed and spread in a school.”

“I am definitely planning to vaccinate my daughter. I think it’s important to vaccinate anyone who can to keep our community safe, ”said Allie Stephens, parent.

But not all parents take the opportunity to have their children vaccinated.

“As of now, we do not plan to vaccinate our children, my children are healthy and we are following all health protocols,” said Aimee Russell, parent.

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

Many children are afraid of needles, and Dr. Glades has a few tips to make the experience a little less scary.

“We like to use either a cold spray or a distraction when giving an injection,” said Dr. Glades. “If afterwards you have side effects such as pain in the area, body ache or headache, or you have a mild fever, we can give Motrin or Tylenol.”

Kids Creek Children’s Clinic has pre-ordered the Pfizer-BioNTech mini-dose COVID-19 vaccine for children and will only give it to their patients.

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