Guthrie Pediatrics chair advises parents to get children vaccinated

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This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include adolescents 12 – 15 years old.

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Guthrie’s Chair of Pediatrics, Dr. Philip Heavner, explains why this is an important step in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and what parents should know when considering whether to have their child vaccinated:

“Many of us aren’t concerned with this age group getting seriously ill — there have been some cases of this — but when a child gets vaccinated, he/she no longer has to quarantined if their exposed to covid-19,” Dr. Heavner said. “This would make their lives a lot easier and also provide direct protection against contracting the virus.”

Cortland County health officials reported 24 new cases yesterday, adding up to 81 active positives — the most since March 15.

Currently, 42.3% of the county population (51.80% of adults 18+) have at least one vaccine dose; 38% of residents are completely immunized.

Statewide numbers continue to improve.

More than eight million New Yorkers are now fully vaccinated, representing 50% of adults 18+ and over 40% of the whole population.

Governor Cuomo yesterday announced the lowest single-day positivity rate since October 10, now at 1.08%.

The 7-day avg positivity rate has fallen 38 straight days to 1.25%, the lowest since October 22.

Regarding CDC’s new mask guidelines, Cuomo said: “We are reviewing them in consultation with Dr. Zucker and our partners and health experts in surrounding states.”

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