Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines for 6 months and older

now available at the PCC

 

The FDA has given Emergency Use Authorization for Covid vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna for children and adults from the age of 6 months and older. The CDC is now recommending that everyone over the age of 6 months receive one of these vaccines. 

We at the PCC concur with the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics in their recommendations to vaccinate all children 6 months of age and older, and all adults for Covid 19 unless they have a contraindication to the vaccine. Vaccination can be performed with any authorized Covid vaccine appropriate for age and as recommended in CDC guidelines.

The data provided in clinical studies and with the experience of over 600 million doses of vaccine given in the US alone provides confidence they are effective at reducing severe disease, hospitalization and death due to Covid 19 infection.  It is evident they are safe with side effect profiles similar to other routinely administered vaccines for age. Current evidence also supports that these vaccines likely reduce the chance of complications such as Multisystem Inflammatory Disease in Children (MIS-C) and possibly symptoms known as "long Covid."  Moreover, it is also clear that natural infection with Covid does not provide the same level of reduction in risk as the vaccine does.  Patients should be vaccinated with a Covid 19 vaccine regardless of their past history of infection, although waiting about 3 months after an infection may give the best overall immune response.

Each manufacturer's product is a little different in dosing, schedule and timing and possibly mild side effects.  We have confidence both are safe and effective and do not recommend one over the other in general. See our Covidvax Facts page for details, or

 go to the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/children-teens.html

 Please email us at covidvax@thepediatriccarecenter.com if you would like to schedule your child for either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.   These vaccines are free of charge to you.  

 

We strongly recommend that ALL of our eligible patients receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and that all members in a household with children who are unimmunized or younger than 6 months receive the vaccine to protect those who are vulnerable.

You can schedule an appointment in any of three ways:  

  1. (Preferred) by sending an email to:  covidvax@thepediatriccarecenter.com  with the patient's name, date of birth, and best email and phone number to contact you, Include your manufacturer preference if you have one.

  2. by calling the main telephone number 301-564-5880 and leaving a message in Nurse message box (select 6) with the patient or family member’s name and date of birth, and email and phone number,

  3.  by logging into the Portal if you have a registered account, and requesting the appointment in the Request Appointment tab

 

Most appointments will be in the afternoon and after school.  Request an appointment now!