ASHFORD, Ala. (WDHN) — Many parents around the nation aren’t fully convinced that their child should get the COVID-19 vaccine.
This week, Gov. Kay Ivey opened vaccine eligibility to any anyone 16-years and older.
According to Dr. Justin Hovey who serves as Medical Director of the ACOM Ashford Clinic and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, says when Pfizer did its initial study doctors took a small group of 16 and 17 year-olds into trial and saw there was no side effects.
When getting the vaccine, teens had a good response and did not contract COVID once they were exposed.
Dr. Hovey says parents can trust the vaccine.
“We have to get them vaccinated to reduce the viral burden throughout the population,” Dr. Hovey said. “So if they can move the virus around just like an adult would, we need them vaccinated so they are not spreading the virus and thereby decreasing that viral burden throughout the population.”
Hovey says Southeast Health has plenty of the Pfizer vaccines available and urges people to get vaccinated.