Maury Regional Medical Group Primary Care and Pediatrics in Columbia now offers the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 and older.
The medical network serving Maury, Marshall, Giles, Lawrence, Wayne and Hickman counties has delivered more than 45,000 doses of vaccine since it first began offering vaccinations in January 2021.
Chief Medical Officer Chris Turner said he has chosen to vaccinate his own 7-year-old son.
“I see vaccination for COVID similar to that for flu and other infectious diseases,” Turner said in a press release.
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The Pfizer vaccine was previously approved for children ages 12 and older and received approval for children ages 5-11 on October 29. The medical group announced last week that it will start offering the vaccination to pediatric patients.
“Childhood vaccination has been one of the greatest triumphs of modern medicine and has been fundamental to the eradication of infections such as polio, diphtheria and measles,” Turner said. “There has been a lot of misinformation about the vaccine, especially on social media, making it difficult to separate fact from fiction. I encourage parents to talk to a doctor to learn more about the scientific evidence and to discuss any concerns.”
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According to information shared by the Federal Drug Administration, the immune responses of children ages 5-11 were similar to those of individuals ages 16-25. The vaccine was also found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children aged 5-11.
The vaccine’s safety has been studied in approximately 3,100 children ages 5-11 who have received the vaccine, and no serious side effects have yet been identified in the ongoing study, according to the FDA report supported by Maury Regional.
Turner highlights that nearly 900,000 children in the US have received their first dose to date, and more than 252 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine have been safely administered nationwide among all ages, reducing serious illness and hospitalizations .
Vaccine booster shots are also available for eligible patients.
Over 60% vaccinated in Maury County
The medical center and its leaders continue to encourage community members to get vaccinated against the virus.
Data collected by the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that more than 62% of Maury County residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and more than 68% have been vaccinated with at least one dose.
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For more information about MRMG Primary Care and Pediatrics, call (931) 380-4066.
For more information about COVID vaccination, visit MauryRegional.com/COVIDvaccine.
Childhood COVID-19 vaccines are also available from Tennessee health departments and pharmacies.
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