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Local Pediatrician on COVID-19 Vaccine

As a pediatrician at Pediatric Care Specialists, Dr. Kaylee Keiper has personally seen the toll COVID-19 has taken on children where we live.

“We’ve seen a lot of COVID in our patient population,”

That’s why she’s excited that children ages five to eleven can now get a COVID-19 vaccine.

“It’s going to really help us cut back on not only the number of cases but the number of school absences and quarantines. Then the most important thing: cutting down on those hospitalizations and COVID-19 deaths that we’ve had in the pediatric population,” Dr. Keiper said.

Since the pandemic began in the United States alone over 600 children have died, thousands have been hospitalized, and over 6-million have tested positive for COVID-19.

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for younger children was recommended by CDC officials Tuesday, giving the green light to about 28 million more kids in the United States.

This recently approved shot for kids — which is one-third of the dose given to adults
will keep kids in school, Dr. Keiper hopes.

“I know any parent in the last year and a half can speak to the fact that the school absences and the quarantines are so hard. They’re hard for the kids. They’re hard for the teachers. They’re hard for parents and working families,”

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