July 27, 2022
“The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the world’s largest organization of pediatric infectious diseases specialists, strongly supports a universal recommendation for COVID-19 vaccination of children six months of age and older, as authorized by the FDA. PIDS also strongly encourages efforts to ensure equitable access to pediatric COVID-19 vaccine.
“An additional 20 million children are now eligible for vaccination against COVID-19 with June’s expanded approval. Vaccination provides children with critical protection against serious disease and long-term complications of COVID-19 and helps bolster overall immunity in the community.
“PIDS is encouraged that the federal government has a vaccine implementation plan that includes pediatric offices and community centers where parents and children are comfortable turning to for care and learning.
“This is a good time for parents to ensure that children are also up-to-date on all of the other recommended vaccines of childhood, including seasonal influenza. Vaccinate, don’t procrastinate.”
C. Buddy Creech, MD, MPH, FPIDS – President, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
The Pediatric Infectious Disease Society (PIDS) is the world’s largest organization of professionals dedicated to the treatment, control, and eradication of infectious diseases affecting children. Membership is comprised of physicians, doctoral-level scientists, and others who have trained or are in training in infectious diseases or its related disciplines, and who are identified with the discipline of pediatric infectious diseases or related disciplines through clinical practice, research, teaching, and/or administration activities. For more information, visit www.pids.org.