Are there concerns in the medical community about how polarized the public is about all science especially prevention including vaccines?

We are concerned about the general breakdown in the trust of science and how Public Health measures are being viewed as political issues instead of safety issues. However, we need to keep up the fight and continue to be strong advocates for the health of children, particularly preventive medicine such as vaccines. If we donโ€™t keep up the campaign to educate and inform parents, we will be putting the health of children at risk.

How do you discuss the potential long term risks that can’t be known yet due to the vaccine creation timeline?

All the vaccines are targeting the spike protein. The mRNA vaccines are using mRNA that is degraded soon after it is translated into spike protein. So, there should not be any long term effects of the mRNA. The Astra Zeneca vaccine is using an adenovirus that is replication incompetent, meaning that the virus canโ€™t live and grow in us. The Sanofi and NovaVax vaccines are protein vaccines, very similar to the flu vaccine. The end result is that while the technology is new, there is no evidence to indicate there is long term harm from the vaccine candidates.

What about patients who have tested positive whether symptomatic or not OR have positive antibodies – is there a plan whether they will be able to get the vaccine?

Good question. That still needs to be decided. From small scale studies in adults, the frequency and type of side effects were the same whether or not you had already had COVID.

Any thoughts or predictions on when we will start vaccinating kids?

The clinical trials for children likely will start in late winter- early spring. As for children we are doing โ€œImmunological bridging studiesโ€, the numbers will be smaller and results available sooner (maybe within 2-3 months of enrolling). Thus, we still think it possible that we will have licensed vaccines for at least some pediatric age groups before the 2021-2022 school year.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฉ?

As of December 15, 2020, the vaccine was approved for those 16 years old and up. Some trials are already enrolling patients 12+ years of age. As before and even after you get vaccinated, wear your mask and maintain social distancing.

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž herd ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ?

Experts believe about 60% of the population will need to be vaccinated. Be a part of the solution!

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ž?

It is amazingly effective! The trials started in July 2020, and have shown the vaccine to be 94-95% effective in preventing COVID-19 disease. The first to hit the market will be 2 injections, likely 1 month apart. The Pfizer vaccine demonstrated 54.4% efficacy after the first dose!