COVID Vaccine for Kids Could be Authorized by September, Says Fauci
According to Dr. Fauci, children as young as first graders may be able to get the COVID vaccine by the time school starts in September, pending trials.
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Pediatricians and infectious disease experts wish the pediatric trials would move quicker, and the American Academy of Pediatrics has been “really advocating to try and make these trials happen with the same urgency that they happen for adults,” Sean O’Leary, MD, vice chair of its committee on infectious diseases, told ProPublica.
Why should my child get vaccinated?
While you may have heard COVID-19 doesn't make children severely ill, it is still possible. Additionally, the long-term effects of COVID in children are still up in the air. About 2.2 million of 20 million U.S. cases of COVID-19 have been in children younger than 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Additionally, more than 2,000 cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a serious condition associated with COVID-19 that can result in cardiac dysfunction and kidney injury, have been tracked by the CDC.