Health and childcare workers react to Moderna's proposal to authorize vaccine for kids under 6
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Thursday Moderna announced it is seeking authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine from the Food and Drug Administration for kids under the age of 6.
“We see plenty of runny noses. The occasional coughing or what have you,” said Donette Black-Purvis, the Lead Teacher for the 2-year-olds at Kiddy Kollege in West Wichita.
Black- Purvis has been in the childcare business for around 20 years.
So she knows how vulnerable kids are to different sicknesses, like COVID-19.
“We have seen children and parents sometimes come up positive, you know, or staff, depending, of course everybody has. But it's really kind of wreaked havoc with a lot of people because they have to be out for a certain amount of time in their jobs and whatnot,” said Black-Purvis.
Even so, with Moderna announcing Thursday it's trying to get its version of the COVID-19 vaccine authorized for kids between the ages of 6 months to 5-years-old.
She says she’s trying to stay neutral and let the parents decide what’s best.
“I think that the parents have their own choice to make, their own informed decisions to make. So it's up to them to do what they think best for their families,” said Black-Purvis.
Dr. Amy Seery, a pediatrician with Ascension Via Christi, said this announcement for some parents is a huge weight lifted off of their shoulders.
“We do know that we have a large segment of our population that still remains completely unprotected by vaccines, we are still seeing in the hospital, the occasional young child who is getting admitted with COVID. So this is very exciting news for us that families are going to have an option,” said Seery.
But she said it will likely be weeks before health care workers are able to administer those doses and then comes the logistics of getting those vaccines out.
Seery said, “So many of the community resources that have been central and getting vaccines in arms for individuals who would want one, a lot of that is winding down. There may be more pressure on individual clinics and providers to be able to get these vaccines to kiddos.”
Dr. Seery said right now is the best time to talk to your health care provider to figure out what option is best for you and your family when deciding if you want to vaccinate your kids.