MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla.– Floridians ages 16-21 with medical conditions that make them especially vulnerable to COVID-19 can sign up to get vaccines at Nicklaus Childrens Hospital beginning next week, the Miami-Dade facility announced Friday.Doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be offered to people of that age who are “presently under the care of doctors or experts for medical conditions identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as posturing an increased danger for serious disease related to COVID-19,” Nicklaus stated in a news release.Appointment demands can be submitted at Nicklauschildrens.org/ Covid19Vaccine beginning Monday, March 8. Prospects will need to provide the Florida COVID-19 Determination of Extreme Vulnerability type finished by their doctor.AdThe hospital states it has currently vaccinated 500 qualified clients “through outreach to other area hospitals and health systems, pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists in Florida that resulted in numerous recommendations for vaccine appointments.”Dr. Marcos Mestre, Nicklaus chief medical officer, says that of the 700+ dosages theyve offered to those clients “we havent seen any issues of it.”The expansion to allow online signups from the public follows the health center just recently got an extra allotment of the Pfizer shots.”While many kids are only mildly impacted by COVID-19, those with complex conditions may be at risk of extreme health problem if they contract the infection,” Nicklaus Childrens Health System President and CEO Matthew A. Love stated in a declaration. “We are honored to be able to provide the vaccine to support the care of vulnerable kids in Florida.”Conditions that increase threat, as determined by the CDC, include asthma (moderate to serious), cancer, cerebrovascular disease, persistent kidney illness, cystic fibrosis, diabetes (type 1 or 2), Down syndrome, heart disease, hypertension, immunocompromised conditions, liver disease, neurologic conditions, obesity, pulmonary fibrosis, sickle cell disease or thalassemia.AdDiego Diaz, 18, has cystic fibrosis and simply got his 2nd dosage previously today through Nicklaus.”More than grateful,” he said. “I hope that other health centers bear in mind and start doing the exact same, because I really think that we must be focusing on not simply a particular age however a market thats mostly at danger.”Diaz included: “Its constantly a worry that perhaps theres somebody thats next to you that has it, maybe somebody you pass by may have COVID, so its always frightening to go outside.”The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for usage by people 16 and older. (Moderna and Johnson & & Johnson vaccines are authorized for 18+.)There is restricted data on how the vaccine impacts the pediatric population, but Mestre stated studies are continuous for clients 12-16 years old and “hopefully by the end of the year well have a vaccine readily available for them.”Pfizer and Moderna expect to begin research studies on kids 11 and younger later on this year, as scientists further analyze if the shots are safe for more youthful patients.AdFor more details on Nicklaus vaccine program, click here.ALSO SEE: Which grownups are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in FloridaCopyright 2021 by WPLG Local10.com – All rights reserved.
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