Victoria Health Authority says, ‘If you have a 16-year-old child, they should be vaccinated’

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say all Americans 16 years and older can get vaccine.
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VICTORIA COUNTY,  Texas – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday that all Americans 16 years and older are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The announcement comes as the CDC just announced Tuesday, April 13 a pause of use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

According to CNN, health officials discussed how to handle reports of blood clots possibly linked to Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine, one option considered was issuing a warning to health care providers without recommending a full pause. 

The US Food and Drug Administration officials are meeting Friday with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory committee that will decide on the future of the vaccine.

25 News Now caught up Victoria County Public Health Authority Dr. John McNeill and shared his advice for families with children that are eligible to get the vaccine.

The answer …”get it,” Dr. McNeill said.

He said the decision was based on good data and safety profiles.

“If you have a 16-year-old child, they should be vaccinated,” he said. “One of the things we are starting to see now, now that we have vaccinated a lot of the elderly patients, patients that are high-risk … we are seeing fewer hospitalizations.”

Dr. McNeill said statistically younger people are not going to be as sick, but it can still happen.

“Anybody that can get the vaccine, should get the vaccine,” said Dr. McNeill. “Overwhelming, this is a very safe vaccine.”

With the recent pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, we asked Dr. McNeill what symptoms people should watch out for if they have received the vaccine already.

“A virus is smart, they have the ability to mutate to change and they are going to do it,” he said.

Dr. McNeill confirmed there has been an increase in a specific type of blood clot that has been associated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“In other words, out of the seven millions doses given, there have been six patients diagnosed with this so far,” he stated.

Dr. McNeill said that number is a little higher than what should be expected.

“This virus is going to be part of our life for awhile and it’s something we will have to deal with,” he said.

Dr. McNeill said that health officials keep track of vaccines and make sure vaccines are being given to patients that are safe.