KSAT Q&A: Pediatric infectious disease specialist answers questions about COVID-19 vaccine for kids

Dr. Tess Barton, a pediatric infectious disease doctor, talks about myocarditis, the Delta variant and advice for camps and summer activities for vaccinated and unvaccinated kids.

SAN ANTONIO – Following are three takeaways from Dr. Tess Barton’s visit with Myra Arthur and Tim Gerber on the KSAT 12 6′Clock News on Thursday regarding COVID-19 vaccine for kids:

  • Myocarditis concerns leading to hesitancy among parents considering vaccination for children-
  • Dr. Tess Barton says myocarditis can be caused by various conditions, including the common cold in some cases, and heart complications caused by COVID infection can be more severe 
  • MRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna appear to be holding up well against the Delta variant, but specific research on the effectiveness of the vaccines against that variant in kids is not available

About the Authors:

Myra Arthur is passionate about San Antonio and sharing its stories. She graduated high school in the Alamo City and always wanted to anchor and report in her hometown. Myra anchors KSAT News at 6:00 p.m. and hosts and reports for the streaming show, KSAT Explains. She joined KSAT in 2012 after anchoring and reporting in Waco and Corpus Christi.

Tim Gerber is an investigative reporter and anchor on the KSAT Defenders team.