Soon, the federal health officials are planning to introduce Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccination series for children of five years of age and younger, and thus most Americans are expected to get qualified for a dose soon.
But according to an expert, he warned on Thursday that if the gap between vaccination rates is widened, then it could result in reducing the country’s progress in the fight against the coronavirus.
Southern States That Have Fully Vaccinated Less Than A Youngsters
According to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if we want to control the virus, then we need to regulate our actions and behavior.
The age group of children between twelve to seventeen years of age is falling behind with only forty-seven percent of them being vaccinated throughout the country, and several Southern states are falling behind more and more.
According to an analysis done by CNN, there are some states where only one-third of youngsters that are eligible for vaccination have been fully vaccinated, such states are Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming. According to experts, this would lead to being a potential challenge for all in the future.
The dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, named Dr. Peter Hotez, in a conversation with CNN complained about the geographic divide in play in which the parents did want their youngsters to get vaccinated and he believes that they would take the same decision for the smaller kids as well. He stated that this would result in a problem in the form of low vaccination rates in the South and the Mountain West as well, which would create more problems and slow them down in the fight against this virus.
As more and more children continue to remain unvaccinated, the risk of them contracting the virus keeps on increasing each day. This is due to the Delta variant of coronavirus, which is a highly transmissible strain.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States is scheduled to meet on the 26th of October for the debate on whether the Pfizer vaccine should be given emergency use authorization for children aged between five to eleven years. If the request application gets approved by the FDA, then it would be passed on to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who would send the final sign-off.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) Vaccine Monitor survey, which was published at the end of the last month, stated that as of the current situation, only one-third of the parents who have children between the ages of five to eleven, have agreed to get their children vaccinated as soon as the vaccine comes out for that particular age group.
According to Dr. Vivek Murthy, he states that when the vaccine for the age group of children rolls out, more Covid-19 mandates for children can be passed. According to him, states would pass the mandates as everyone wants the children to go to school and engage with others in a safe and secure environment.
He stated that we have lost many children to the Covid-19 virus with thousands being hospitalized, therefore they need to take protection against the coronavirus with the help of safe and secure vaccines.