With the COVID-19 numbers spiking across New York State and the Hudson Valley and new strains like Omicron making the rounds, getting vaccinated is more important than ever.

When it comes to getting children vaccinated, it's obviously a hot button issue. We decided to reach out to Jessica Soni, MD of CareMount Pediatrics to breakdown the real facts and safety behind getting your children vaccinated.

Dr. Soni tells us that CareMount offers a lower dose of the Pfizer vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old. The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices reported that clinical trials of the vaccine show the vaccine is 91% effective at COVID-19 prevention and show side effects that are "mild and similar to other children’s vaccines."

CareMount is also offering the Pfizer vaccines to teens ages 12 to 17.

With flu season upon us Dr. Soni clarifies that if you choose to do so, you will need your flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccination. Dr. Soni shares that while there are similar symptoms between the two viruses, they are two "very contagious respiratory illnesses caused by different viruses." The flu shot will not prevent COVID-19 and vice versa.

As for adults interested in getting their COVID-19 booster, CareMount is offering their booster dose. CareMount suggests the following in regards to booster vaccinations:

  • People who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should get their booster dose at least six months after their initial series.
  • Eligible persons who received the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago should get a second dose.
  • Eligible persons should consult with their primary health care providers about which vaccine is best for their booster dose.

If you are looking for more information in getting your child vaccinated or receiving your COVID-19 booster dose, visit www.caremountmedical.com/coronavirus.