SAN ANTONIA – As the risk of COVID-19 in San Antonio is deteriorating, the FDA is expected to allow emergency use of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. The CDC is likely to take the vote on Saturday.
San Antonio has been in the low-risk category for several weeks, but is now in the medium-risk category, according to the metropolitan health district.
“We don’t notice this because far fewer people are in the hospital,” said Dr. Junda Wu, medical director of Metro Health. “The cases where we’ve been are now at a level where the last time I checked, it was about 500 a day.”
Wu said the low number of hospitalizations is a good sign that vaccines are doing their job to make infected people less sick.
Since its introduction on December 15, 2020, almost 72% of the population has been vaccinated and 39% of eligible people have been vaccinated.
“If you look at it by age group, the lowest percentage of people who get a raise is young people,” Wu said.
Children lag behind with vaccinations.
Dr Mandy Tybball Swatek, a pediatric hospital from University Health and an associate professor of pediatrics at UT Health San Antonio, said it was important for parents to protect their children from severe cases of COVID-19 as well as from residual effects such as multisystemic inflammatory syndrome. known as MIS-C.
“Those who have been vaccinated do have an extremely low number of MIS-C cases compared to those who have not been vaccinated,” said Tibbal Svatek.
Wu and Tybbal Svatek agreed that the FDA supports Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for children aged 6 months to 5 years, which will be an important step in combating the spread of COVID-19.
“We want to stop the spread. And by stopping the spread, the first and foremost way to do that is to introduce a vaccine to all of our population, including our young people, ”said Tybbal Svatek.
In our community there is a mixed reaction when it comes to vaccinating our little ones.
“I think if it’s FDA approved, that’s okay,” Amor Dejourne said.
“For parents who wanted to vaccinate their children, I think it’s a good idea for them. But I mean, personally I wouldn’t. I don’t like it, “said Joe Martinez.
White House officials said the vaccine should be ready for deployment as early as next week.
“When the vaccine is approved by the CDC, we encourage people to get one and the other vaccine that people put away in their pediatrician’s office. Pediatricians will be happy to see you, ”Wu said.
The dosage of the vaccine for children is different than for adults.
“With the Moderna vaccine, this is about a quarter of the dose we administered to adults. For the Pfizer vaccine, we are looking for a dose, probably about the 10th dose, and this is where you will need to get three doses, unlike Moderna, where you get two doses, ”Tybbal Svatek said.
Now the effectiveness of each vaccine varies with age.
“You know, their current effectiveness depends on the age group of the population. So six months, you know, you’re looking at two years, you’re looking at 51% efficiency versus 2-5 years, you’re looking at 37% efficiency. And it doesn’t even matter when they start considering this third dose, ”Tybbal Svatek said.
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