Nicklaus Children’s Hospital offers COVID-19 vaccines for teens, young adults – WPLG Local 10

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla.– Floridians ages 16-21 with medical conditions that make them especially susceptible to COVID-19 can register to get vaccines at Nicklaus Childrens Hospital starting next week, the Miami-Dade center announced Friday.Doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be readily available to individuals of that age who are “presently under the care of physicians or professionals for medical conditions determined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as positioning an increased risk for extreme illness related to COVID-19,” Nicklaus said in a news release.Appointment requests can be sent at Covid19Vaccine start Monday, March 8. Prospects will require to offer the Florida COVID-19 Determination of Extreme Vulnerability type completed by their doctor.AdThe healthcare facility says it has already immunized 500 qualified patients “through outreach to other location health centers and health systems, pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists in Florida that led to numerous referrals for vaccine visits.”Dr. Marcos Mestre, Nicklaus primary medical officer, states that of the 700+ doses theyve offered to those patients “we have not seen any problems of it.”The growth to permit online signups from the general public follows the health center just recently got an extra allocation of the Pfizer shots.”While most children are just mildly affected by COVID-19, those with intricate conditions might be at danger of serious illness if they contract the infection,” Nicklaus Childrens Health System President and CEO Matthew A. Love said in a statement. “We are honored to be able to use the vaccine to support the care of vulnerable children in Florida.”Conditions that increase risk, as determined by the CDC, include asthma (moderate to severe), cancer, cerebrovascular illness, persistent kidney illness, cystic fibrosis, diabetes (type 1 or 2), Down syndrome, heart conditions, high blood pressure, immunocompromised conditions, liver illness, neurologic conditions, weight problems, pulmonary fibrosis, sickle cell illness or thalassemia.AdDiego Diaz, 18, has cystic fibrosis and just got his second dose previously today through Nicklaus.”More than grateful,” he stated. “I hope that other healthcare facilities bear in mind and begin doing the same, since I really think that we ought to be prioritizing not just a certain age group however a market thats primarily at risk.”Diaz added: “Its constantly a concern that perhaps theres somebody thats next to you that has it, maybe someone you pass by may have COVID, so its always frightening to go outside.”The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is licensed for use by individuals 16 and older. (Moderna and Johnson & & Johnson vaccines are authorized for 18+.)There is limited information on how the vaccine impacts the pediatric population, but Mestre said research studies are continuous for clients 12-16 years old and “ideally by the end of the year well have a vaccine available for them.”Pfizer and Moderna anticipate to start studies on kids 11 and more youthful later on this year, as scientists further take a look at if the shots are safe for younger patients.AdFor more details on Nicklaus vaccine program, click here.ALSO SEE: Which adults are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in FloridaCopyright 2021 by WPLG – All rights scheduled.