Some parents rush to make appointments for children’s vaccines


NEW YORK – For some parents, a date to get their child vaccinated against COVID-19 was the hottest ticket in town on Wednesday morning.

“It was kind of like spring, when you were looking for adult vaccines and it was like, oh there’s one, you know, after school on Monday,” said Caolan Madden, a mother of two. children in Brooklyn. “But then you click on it and it’s gone, then when you reconnect, more seem to have popped up.”

What would you like to know

  • Some parents have been rushing to find points for their children to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the coming days
  • The demand even crashed the online booking portal of a popular network of pediatrician offices.
  • Children can also be vaccinated at school next week, with parental permission.

Eventually, Madden managed to land a Saturday date for her eight-year-old daughter, Jane, at a Walgreens about 20 minutes from her house. She couldn’t get in with her children’s doctors at Tribeca Pediatrics, which has offices in three boroughs, and saw so many requests that the online reservation system crashed.

This phone message greeted parents calling the offices: “Our patient portal and online planning are currently down due to an extremely high increase in demand for the pediatric COVID vaccine. “

Jane returned to school this fall for the first time in over a year. She loves it, but her mom is still nervous. With the appointment for the vaccine comes some relief.

“The weight that I think we all felt, like trying to keep everyone we know alive, like, trying as hard as possible to, like, making our individual decisions the right decisions for collective and public health – and just to feel some of that weight come off when I got the shot was huge, “Madden said.” Then having some of that responsibility go when my kid gets vaccinated, it’s going to be such a relief. “

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that other parents follow Madden’s lead and make an appointment.

“Vaccinations and providing immunization information to families is what we do every day,” said Dr. Warren M. Seigel, New York president of the AAP. “This vaccine is really no different from any other vaccine that children get. So now is the time to understand that more than six million children have been infected with COVID. The risk is therefore not zero. It is important that all children aged five and over – as well as adults – do everything possible to prevent infections, not just for themselves but for everyone in the home. “

Yet some parents, like nurse Shashala McGregor, are not quite ready to enroll their children.

“I don’t think there is enough information,” McGregor said. “I’m not totally against it, but I think they should do more testing.”

For parents who wish to have their children vaccinated, they will have a convenient option next week: their child’s public school.

“Each of our schools that has children aged 5 to 11, we will have a day for each school where the vaccination will be given in the school building itself,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during his speech. weekly. briefing Wednesday morning. “It will start next week.”

Parental authorization to be vaccinated will be required.


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