Dear Clinic Members,
Today’s newsletter is a short one, covering just two points.
The two front-runner vaccines at this time are the ones made by Pfizer and by Moderna. These vaccines are similar in how they work and similar in effectiveness (both are excellent). We have been closely tracking the development and approval process for these vaccines, and feel convinced at this point that they are sufficiently safe to recommend to all of our patients. Even if we are not able to offer our patients a vaccine within our own office, there will be multiple other options.
All should bear in mind that the state guidelines for vaccine administration will dictate the priorities as to who will be offered the vaccine. The first group will be healthcare/emergency (particularly front-line) workers, followed by residents of nursing homes (including assisted living, etc), then people with high-risk conditions, and then finally the general public. It is worth pointing out as well that none of the vaccines that are close to approval have been tested in children, and consequently these Covid vaccines will only be approved for use in those age 16 and up.
We think about your wellbeing every day and hope you are finding joy in this holiday season, in spite of the troubles in our country and our world. If any of you are struggling with depression, stress, or anxiety, please reach out to us for support and advice.
Dr. Crandell and staff