Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
News about coronavirus in Florida and around the world is constantly emerging. It's hard to stay on top of it all but Health News Florida can help. Our responsibility is to keep you informed, and to help discern what’s important for your family as you make what could be life-saving decisions.

All Children's Hospital Physician Hopeful As Vaccine Trial For Kids Yields Promising Results

Dr. Juan Dumois, a pediatric infectious diseases physician at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, estimates the Pfizer vaccine may be available for children before the end of year.

Pfizer-BioNTech said this week its vaccine trial on ages 5 to 11 showed promising initial results. The news comes as Florida continues to see a spike in cases among younger patients.

Dr. Juan Dumois, a pediatric infectious diseases physician at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, attributes the rise to children and parents letting their guards down this summer.

"We are diagnosing many more children with COVID-19, whether they have mild infection or severe infection,” he said. “And we are also seeing a dramatic increase in the number of children that have required hospitalization for COVID — all in the last two months."

Dumois said Pfizer's the trial results confirmed some expectations.

"It's kind of what we had hoped, and to some degree expected to see in the younger children,” he said “Since younger children are mostly healthy, we often see that they have very good responses with other vaccines."

The dose given to the children was lower than adults, he says, and therefore will decrease the chance of side effects. The Pfizer vaccine for children will also be two doses taken three weeks apart, according to a company press release.

Dumois estimates the vaccine may be available for children by November or December.

Right now, parents should advise their children to wear masks at school, the physician said. He suggests they make sure it fits comfortably and that the child likes the design.

Copyright 2021 WUSF Public Media - WUSF 89.7

Bailey LeFever