Keeping a Pulse on COVID-19: Updates and Statistics

When the COVID-19 vaccine was made available for children, we shared this helpful information about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine to keep parents in the communities we serve well informed and help address hesitancy around having your child fully vaccinated and boosted. We are pleased to see that people are continuing to share information and encourage friends and family to become vaccinated. The number of people who are fully vaccinated has grown over the course of a year:

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Covid-19 Vaccine Statistics for Alabama, Louisiana & Tennessee as of May 2022

This is good news, and we hope to see the number of reported COVID-19 cases continue to dwindle as more people become vaccinated. However, the number of children who have received the vaccine is still relatively low.

Proportion of US Children Ages 5 -11 Who Received the Initial Dose of the COVID -19 Vaccine, by State of Residence as of June 1, 2022
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Proportion of US Children Ages 12 -17 Who Received the Initial Dose of the COVID -19 Vaccine, by State of Residence as of June 1, 2022
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Last month, the CDC announced that children ages five – 11 are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine boosters. Urgent Care for Children recognizes that this opens new questions for parents as they consider the merits of vaccinating or boosting their children. 

COVID-19 Data, as of May 26, 2022:
The American Academy of Pediatrics states that overall, children represent 18.9% of current reported COVID-19 cases, with 17,758 per 100,000 children who have contracted the virus. Further, for the week ending May 26th, there was a doubling of case counts from the four weeks prior, which marked the seventh consecutive weekly increase in reported child cases. 

Child Age Ranges of COVID-19 Cases Reported by States as of 5/26/22
Alabama0 – 17
Louisiana0 – 17
Tennessee0 – 20

Parents FAQs About COVID-19 Vaccinations

How can pediatricians be sure that a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine is safe for children ages five – 11?
The safety of the booster shot was tested in a study of 401 children in that age range. It is recommended that children get a booster shot because they live in communal settings and often come into contact with a wide range of people through school and activities. Reactions to the third dose were minimal.

What exactly were the reactions associated with getting a third dose of the vaccine?
Reactions to the booster shot were similar to reactions after dose two. The most common systemic reactions after the third dose in children were fatigue, headache and muscle pain.

My kids have already had COVID-19. Why should they be vaccinated?
Pediatricians recommend children receive the recommended doses of vaccine and a booster even if they had COVID because two doses of an mRNA vaccine followed by one booster dose has been shown to provide “the strongest, broadest, and most long-lasting protection, both in people who have and who have not had COVID -19 infection previously.” If your child is currently infected with Covid-19, do not seek vaccination until after their recommended isolation period has passed and they have fully recovered. 

The Omicron variant seemed to take many people by surprise. How effective are vaccinations and booster shots with Covid-19 variants?
The mRNA vaccine platforms are adaptable to generating new variant vaccines. The existing vaccines show “reasonably good data” that “children aged five years and older were really protected from hospitalization during the Omicron surge.”

If the vaccines are effective, why would anyone need a booster shot?
Many childhood vaccines are given as a series of two, three or more doses over time. Some vaccinations require a booster dose. Some vaccinations, for instance, the flu shot, are given every year to protect us from new and different strains.

When should my child receive a booster shot?
All children five and up need a booster dose if it has been at least five months since they had their second dose of the COVID vaccine. If you have any specific questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and your child, please ask their primary care provider. Urgent Care for Children’s 20 clinics in Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana are standing by to provide COVID vaccinations and boosters for children and their parents all 365 days a year.