When Will Children Be Able to Receive a COVID Vaccine?

Many argue that frontline workers should receive the vaccine first. Others believe it is the ones who are most at risk. But everyone knows one thing for sure; children will not be able to receive the vaccine anytime soon, for successful vaccine trial results for children have not been released yet.

On November 29, Dr. Fauci acknowledged that it will take up to months until children will be able to receive the vaccine. Many other health institutes plan to start testing on children 12 years and older soon. Dr. Fauci predicts that the process to test children will very likely start in January. 

“Before you put it into the children, you’re going to want to make sure you have a degree of efficacy and safety that is established in an adult population, particularly an adult, normal population,” Dr. Fauci said on the same day. It is also mentioned that children’s immune responses are different from that of adults, so many pediatric trials are testing for a possible vaccine’s safety, efficacy, and immunogenicity, or effective immune response.

Many are disappointed in the timeline; a lot of people wanted and groaned that the process of testing children should have started earlier. Not only would testing earlier would have helped slow down the spread of the virus, but also it could have let children go back on their school campus the following school year. But now, Evan Anderson, a pediatrician at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, states, “The window is closing on any chance of getting an approved vaccine for children before next school year, and it realistically may have already closed.”

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