The vaccines from both Moderna and Pfizer are cleared to be used among children of 16 years of age and beyond. The two vaccine developers are currently about to finish the procedures of studies in children aged 12 and more. This means the children of the country are about to get vaccinated sooner after enough inventories have been delivered to the sites.
Older Children Are Soon To Receive The Shots
Since the vaccines are cleared in their use among the older kids, they will probably receive their vaccine doses before the younger ones will get their chance.
Findings of the trials of younger kids will be published in summer, so they are supposed to get the shots later on.
The reason the researchers prefer older children is that they will respond to the vaccine in a similar way as adults. As the younger children respond to the vaccine in different ways, they require doses according to it. Scientists feel it was a herculean task so they preferred not to choose them primarily.
Dr. James Campbell, a pediatrician at the University of Maryland School of Medicine said that children are not just small adults, and the risk of odds are higher and things are different in younger children.
The rate of transmission among children is less and when compared to adults, they will not develop serious illness and chances are less for them to die due to COVID-19 than others. Even though they still can spread the coronavirus.
Dr. Sarah Long, from Drexel University, said that it doesn’t mean children are ignored in the efforts of vaccination. She added that children also need to be immunized to get community protection, and it is an important thing to go back to normalcy.
Both the vaccine developers are planning to conduct their trials on children who are 11 years of age and lesser. It will be clear then whether the vaccines could be safely administered among the youngest age groups of children.
Meanwhile, the current vaccination campaigns are going to be the biggest in history. More Americans have received at least their initial doses. As of now, the total number of vaccines that have been administered in the country is 80.5 million. The per-day average of doses has also hiked to 2.01 million.
Across the whole country, 24.3 shots of vaccines have been administered among every 100 people. Out of all the supplies that have been delivered until now to the states, 75% have been distributed so far.
The initial stage of the vaccine rollout in the U.S was uneven. However, the new administration could remarkably pace up the efforts by drawing their attention more to other possible sites for vaccine distribution.
In this effort, even stadiums of various states also have been used.
Since the efforts to immunize the whole nation being paced up, experts said that the country will take around 6 months to cover 75% of its population with sufficient doses, according to the present rate.