tv ABC7 News Getting Answers ABC October 29, 2021 3:00pm-3:31pm PDT
>> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. kristen: i'm kristen sze. you're watching getting answers. we ask experts your questions every day at 3:00 to get answers for you in real time. today, we'll take francisco business being honored for its creativity. today, the fda authorized the pfizer covered vaccine for children's aged 5-11, two steps away from going into young arms. recent polls show only one third of parents plan to. many more have questions. here to answer questions, special correspondent dr. patel.
dr. patel in the house. dr. patel: delivering a little halloween treat right now for everyone out there. kristen: review on the abc 7 zoom, where you could get prizes if your child is a cutie pie and has a great costume? did you miss it? dr. patel: i did miss that. she doesn't have a costume on right now. she's just giggling. she wants everyone to see her skull and bones these. -- booties. kristen: she would have cleaned up you guys are quite the pair. i award you the best 3:00 p.m. costume of 2021. dr. patel: thanks, kristen. i'll take that little kiss now. she's gone. less cute, but now
going to talk about covid vaccines for children. dr. patel: you know how it goes. i know our viewers know what to do. tell me which one of these is not true. is it a, the pfizer vaccine for children is a lower dose primarily to increase distribution while maintaining protection? or is it b, nearly 2 million children 5-11 have tested positive for covid-19? or c, no cases of myocarditis were noted in the pfizer trial? which one of these is not true? kristen: keep that up there, please, because i need to see this. and viewers on youtube or facebook live, please input your answer now. i personally believe c is true, so let's rule that out. b, i think, is true, although i just saw a study, an article in the new york times how federal scientists believe more than 40%
of children ages 5-11 have been affected, which is going to ask you about, but that's later. so i think i'm going to go with a, but let's see what some people are saying. vivian says a. randy says a. rochelle says a. so, my inclination to go with a, supported by viewers. final answer. dr. patel: i clearly did not make this hard enough but a is, in fact, the lie. this vaccine is 10 micro grams versus 30 micrograms. this was selected for the trial because this small dose gave those kids the same antibody responses. but the fda and pfizer believe the smaller dose is more likely to produce less of those side effects, even things like systemic side effects, headache, fatigue, fever, so overall better safety profile. b is an important one. i don't personally like the fact a lot of headlines want to post this on social media are only
talking about death as the only outcome we should care about in people getting covid-19. there's many children out there who have needed hospitalization, kids that were going to develop covid symptoms. in the vaccine will prevent all of this, as well. and c is important. a lot of parents are asking about the her inflammation and no cases of myocarditis. and that is very good news. good job, viewers. kristen: i was going to ask you more about myocarditis because that seems to be a worry for folks. right now, let's get into the booking appointments part. i know we're not about to put them in arms yet, but by the end of next week, right? dr. patel: i do. let me make sure we're not slipping into -- i wanted to make sure i wasn't going to inadvertently give you the answer for the next round of two truths. but the advisory committee from the cdc, who by the way, this is what they do.
they review the venom -- vaccine to make sure they're safe and effective. they're going to meet on november 2 two review everything, give the final step of approval -- stamp of approval. and these vaccines will be available in something like 25,000 pediatrician health clinics, rural health centers, and places for parents to get their kids the vaccine with a note on equitable distribution, which is very important. kristen: so let's talk about booking appointments because there are many ways parents can go about it. there's the pediatrician's office. there's the school site. and then some counties are offering their own lennix -- clinics. so if you decided you want to get your kids vaccinated, which of those is the best way to go? dr. patel: honestly, whichever one is the most convenient and whichever one parents have access to. what we've seen so far is that in every community, there is a
place parents can go. you bring up a good point, because next week, after vaccines approved by the cdc, there will be more clear guidelines. or it's local community leaders saying here's the local site because we know the supply will be there and people need it to be there, as well. we need to make sure that this is the place i can go. the reason why so many of us are excited about this plan is because some of these family practice doctors, community health leaders, aren't people who have these conversation with parents. they filled up this long-standing dialogue and trust with families and they are the ones who should be answering this questions about the vaccines and getting them out. kristen: do you think parents, should still talk to their
doctor first? d think everyone should do that? are there some folks who perhaps shooting get the vaccine? or if you have a 5-11-year-old, just get it? dr. patel: well, i think everyone out there, even the people i know who said, you know what? i'm going to run out and immediately get the shot, are still thinking about the circumstances. i would implore any parents to go to a trusted source to talk about it because some of the questions that parents want to ask are things about the safety profile, and if it actually works. and then they want to know things like hey, what is the vaccination rate look like in your community? let about friends and families? are they going to spread covid-19? does it protect against the delta variant? i would absently encourage that. kristen: you got dr. patel you
can ask when you're watching this show or talk to your pediatrician. here's a question from a viewer named mark. he's wondering if this shopper children will be recommended for kids who are immunocompromised, or have autism or down syndrome. dr. patel: from what we know so far, it will be the same shot. this is actually an important note because there's been a couple of questions that have risen to the fda saying hey, why wasn't this looked at in terms of certain subgroups? children should get the shot, were others shooting get the shot. that's because generally the -- shouldn't get the shot. is because generally -- that's because generally the data we've seen has been really broad. yes, those kids with underlying medical conditions have risk of severe illness, but should be limited to those children, as well. this is going to be interesting to see what this advisory committee, if they have any additional notes on children
with underlying medical conditions. but that's a subgroup of children whose parents have said we cannot wait for this vaccine to be available because their kids are at increased risk. kristen: i definitely know you're in the bay area. a lot of parents can't wait to get their kids vaccinated. that's not the case everywhere. that's why we have a lot more questions we want to ask you about. we'll take a short break, but during the break, you can join us on facebook or youtube so we can pose your questions to dr. patel. don't go away. we'll be right back. only come back, we want to deep dive into myocarditis and other things you have questions hey, i just got a text from my sister. you remember rick, her neighbor? sure, he's the 76-year-old guy who still runs marathons, right? sadly, not anymore. -what, you mean-- -mhm. -just like that. -wow. so sudden. um, we're not about to have the "we need life insurance" conversation again, are we?
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correspondent, dr. patel, who has another round of two truths and a lie for us. dr. patel: viewers, you know what to do. tell us which one of these is not true. is it a, according to a new cdc study, on vaccine people -- unless native people were five times more likely to get hospitalized than the vaccinated? or is it b, there's a deal along the covid-19 pill to be made and sold cheaply in developing countries? or is it c, the amount of boosters given out worldwide is three times the amount of the primary vaccine given in lower income countries? this is according to the world health organization. which one of these is not true? kristen: gosh, you did make the second round harder, and i applaud you for that. dr. patel: i have two. our viewers are way too savvy. kristen: weigh in. tom says b. ray says b. i was going to cross out c,
because i think sadly that is true, indicating the inequities we have with regard to access to vaccine around the world. and a sounds true to me, as well, so i'm going to rule that out, whereas b, i think there's something about it that doesn't feel like it's accurate. so i'm going to go with our viewers, who mostly say b. dr. patel: come on! it is b. you guys are too fast. i would much people would rather see equity -- equitable vaccine distribution early on, but it is a good move, developing countries even though they signed this sublicense, we see it go into effect and we see the countries due protection. c, this is a tweet that came out this money from the world health
organization, and it's alarming that a million boosters are being given out per day, whereas there's 330,000 primary vaccines even out per day can -- given out per day in lower income countries. and a should put to rest the long-standing belief that natural immunity is better than vaccinated required community. natural immunity does exist. that is a real thing. but it comes in such a variety that it is the recommendation, whether or not you had covid-19 in the past, still go and get vaccinated. dr. patel: -- kristen: all right, thank you for addressing that, and acknowledging that natural immunity is a thing, but less dependable. i want to ask you about myocarditis because addressing parents' fears with regard to getting kids vaccinated, that's one thing that comes up time and time again. and brown here says look, people here are getting heart
palpitations from two shots from pfizer. with regard to kids, let's talk about that. does the vaccine reduce your teen's chances of getting myocarditis because it reduces your chances to get covid? or is there actually some sort of negative association between getting the vaccine itself and myocarditis? is there any data? dr. patel: there is data. one thing that's confusing for parents is there's somebody different sites there. and we've seen a number of them saying the odds of getting myocarditis, or information of the heart or the sack around the heart from covid-19 is as low as about 7-10 out of 100,000. but overall, and according to a cdc study, kids are 16 times more likely to get myocarditis from covid-19 itself than from the actual vaccine. and you know, a couple of things to note, older children, 12-17,
the few cases of myocarditis noted after the covid-19 shot happened about one month after the second dose of the vaccine. and all these cases were self-limiting, meeting these kids were maybe hospitalized, maybe not, and basic support of care. where is the heart inflammation that we see in young kids from covid-19 has ranged from self-limiting to kids needing to be in the icu, extreme the serious cases. and the people to speak most about this are pediatric cardiologists who have gone on record saying i will go -- show your structural changes that happened in covid-19 and it far exceeds the theoretical risk from the actual vaccine itself. so i would give this a shot to my own child if it was available because of how confident i am in the safety profile when it comes to myocarditis and protecting her against myocarditis that you can get from covid-19. kristen: all right, good to know.
another concern for parents, they talk about potential long-term side effects. we just don't know. one of the things they bring up is infertility. any light you can shed on that? dr. patel: yeha, and this all started from a misinformation campaign, if you will, that came out of europe. but there is no evidence to date that this vaccine can cause any type of long-term infertility issues. if you kind of one to back to mrna technology 101, the vaccine is crating a map of a spike protein, and then the actual mrna that you inject gets degraded. it's gone. so all you basically have is a boosted immune response for that one spike protein. there is no plausible mechanism for how this can go into effect a child's fertility. it's confusing for people out there when you see these reports on social media. but the bottom line is asked i talked to some immunologists who have taken a step back and said i can't even fathom to create a vaccine to target sars-cov-2 and
human reproductive system, even if they wanted to can some twisted world. kristen: all right, that's good to know. another thing parents who are hesitant .2 is that kids really do seem to be better defended against covid. 73 million kids in the u.s., fewer than 700 have died from covid. that is one in 100,000, right? so is it fair for parents to say look, i like those odds. why should i take the risk if they view the vaccine as risky? i know that's the part people disagree on. what if they just say one in 100,000, i'll live with that. dr. patel: i'm happy that numbers that low, but that number is only talking about deaths. what it's not talking about his kids getting mild symptoms and potentially developing mild covid, which i've seen numerous cases of long covid and kids getting inflammatory condition, kids needing to be hospitalized, and transmission, which is
another big deal because this large age group can still propagate the virus in certain communities and get people who are high-risk sick, as well. another thing to consider is this risk-benefit is taken into account when the fda and cdc look at these populations. they say ok, what is the risk that 5-11-year-old's face when it comes to the pandemic? it's different than elderly population, were people who are older have heart disease, lung disease. that's taken into account. they still determined that the risk of this is, the benefit far outweighs the risk. this will be a different conversation when the fda meets to talk about younger kids, age 2-5, and aged six months to two. what i recommend parents think about is more than just the death factor. the last thing we want to do is ignore a child who got covid-19, spread it to someone else, maybe wound up in the icu, but survived.
and that wasn't considered to be a significant statistic. kristen: most people as parents wouldn't want to see our kids even hospitalized or suffer any serious assists -- serious symptoms. but what about maria, who says my granddaughter is in first grade. first grade, didn't have any shots. she was ok. i'm not sure what she means by ok, but i'm assuming mild or asymptomatic. that is the majority of the kids who are infected, no? dr. patel: it's a lot of the kids who are infected. and i'm actually glad somebody like marie's daughter got it, if she were to get covid-19. i can't say that for every child. and i also can't tell you every child who has asymptomatic infection or mild infection won't go on to spread it to someone else. or will go on to develop on covid -- long covid, because i personally taking care of kids who have had a couple weeks, if not a couple months of shortness of breath, tight chest,
headaches, fatigue. we suspected long covid. in their initial infection was a positive test, no actual symptoms. parents in this situation, these are the times i'm saying this is a great question. please go and talk to your pediatrician, your family practice doctor, a friend who got their child vaccinated, and just ask these questions and get some more opinions about this. because just because you got it in the past, remember you're also not protected in the future. we don't know what's going to happen in the winter. i'm hoping cases go down. but could there be another sub variant? could there be an outbreak in your community? absolutely. kristen: can you get the flu shot and the vaccine at the same time? dr. patel: you can. i hope the cdc addresses this next week. you should. kristen: dr. patel, always great talking to you. gladney and the audience were able to beat you both times with two truths and alive. dr. patel: i'm not surprised.
kristen: the san francisco chamber of commerce honors a business for an award show called the emmys. and danielle is one of those winners. she is owner of the san francisco wind society. good afternoon. thanks for joining us and a big congratulations. danielle: thank you, kristen. kristen: so tell me about winning the 80's -- where -- whh danielle: it means a lot. building at that parkland was challenging to this -- to say the least. we really want to make sure people felt as comfortable inside as they fell outside. and so to be recognized for that creativity, it means so much to us. kristen: we are showing video of
the park let you are referring to for which you won. the design is spectacular. you wouldn't guess that's outside. if feels homey. danielle: when i sent the video to my dad, oh, you really changed the interior a lot. i said no, dad, that's actually outside, so yes. kristen: i myself am not a drinker, but what is your main mission and what do you offer clients, customers? danielle: yeah, absolutely, so san francisco wind society is a wine bar, 45 wines by the glass, 13 different flights. we want people to come in, enjoy wine, try wine they never had before. all of our flights are named really creative interesting things, so it takes away the pretentiousness of wine and people feel more comfortable
about ordering things they would be nervous about ordering. we have an outdoor bocce ball court, small bikes. kristen: if you've only been open less than a year. how have things been different from being open a different time, will before the pandemic? danielle: things have been different. i've been in this location for about 10 years, so even though san francisco wind society is only about a year old, it is, there's a lot of differences, i would say, pre-covid to now. i do feel like the financial district is more neighborhoody then it was when i was here before. i think people are just starting to come back out now. they knew this year was going to be challenging. but we also know what this space can do. even though it's been a little bit slow of a start, the regulars that we have have been extremely supportive. and it's actually been a wonderful treat to be back in
oh, how funny. kristen: thank you so much for joining us on this interactive show, getting answers. the big news today, the fda authorize the covid vaccine for children ages 5-11, two steps away from going into young arms, likely before the end of next week. today, we covered that topic and all other covid-19 headlines. we'll be here every weekday at 3:00 on air and on livestream
answering your questions. world news tonight is coming up next. have a great halloween. bye. tonight, breaking news, the fda authorizing pfizer's child vaccine and the storm now moving into the northeast. first the fda late today giving authorization for pfizer's child vaccine for children 5 to 11. 15 million doses ready to be shipped already. what parents need to know tonight. and the other major headline on the pandemic, that question, which gives you more protection. so-called natural immunity if you've had covid or the vaccines if you've never had it? that new study just out tonight. former governor andrew cuomo tonight responding to that new misdemeanor sex crime charge. what he says about the sheriff who brought the charge and tonight the sheriff before the cameras. that powerful new storm moving up the east coast, winds up to 55 miles per