Three doctors encourage COVID-19 vaccine for kids — including their own

Three doctors encourage COVID-19 vaccine for kids — including their own

November 20, 2021 | Area doctors are expressing confidence in the medical science that led to approval of a COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. Dr. Sarah Frenning, a pediatrician at Essentia Health Park Rapids Clinic; Dr. Johnna Nynas, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center; and Dr. Jill Olson, a family physician at Sanford Family Medicine in Bemidji, all followed the progress of studies on Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine. The doctors said in interviews that they would not only recommend the vaccine in their clinical practice, but would have their own children immunized as soon as possible.

Young kids can now get the COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s where they can find them in Kansas

Young kids can now get the COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s where they can find them in Kansas

November 3, 2021 | Kids in Kansas will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine through their personal doctor, large suppliers or county health departments, Gov. Laura Kelly announced. Kelly explained the state’s strategy to provide the vaccine to kids ages 5 to 11 in her Safer Classrooms Workgroup Wednesday afternoon. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Wednesday morning it would follow new Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control guidelines in making a smaller dose of the Pfizer shot available to younger children.

Kansas City doctors say it’s a ‘great time’ for kids ages 5-11 years old to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

Kansas City doctors say it’s a ‘great time’ for kids ages 5-11 years old to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

October 27, 2021 | The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been recommended for children ages 5-11 years old by an FDA advisory board, and area hospitals are preparing to distribute it. An advisory panel at the Centers for Disease Control will consider the recommendation early next month, and children ages 5-11 years old could start receiving Pfizer’s vaccine against COVID-19 as early as Nov. 5. Doctors at Children’s Mercy answered questions parents may have about the vaccination plan.

Young kids can now get the COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s where they can find them in Kansas

Kansas native and KU graduate who helped develop COVID-19 vaccine gets federal award

November 3, 2021 | A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine has received an award for his role in research that led to the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Barney Graham, who graduated in 1979, was named the 2021 Federal Employee of the Year last week by the Partnership for Public Service, the university said in a news release. He is the former deputy director of the National Institutes of Health Vaccine Research Center, and shares the award with Dr. Kizzmikia Corbett, another researcher.