Why are most children not yet eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19?
The reason is that vaccine makers have yet to complete clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines in pediatric age groups, according to Dr Nipunie Rajapakse, a pediatric infectious disease physician at the Mayo Clinic.
No COVID-19 vaccine will be approved for use in children until it has been shown to be safe and effective in this age group.
“In the coming months, we will hear about the results of the trials as they enroll and study these COVID-19 vaccines in every pediatric group,” Rajapakse said. “We have no real reason to believe that the results will be significantly different from what we have seen in adults. But, of course, children are a unique population. And, therefore, that is why we have to make sure that they are studied in the pediatric age group. We have to demonstrate and prove that they are in fact safe and effective in this age group. “
Rajapakse said that, based on the ages currently enrolled in the trials, it is likely that approval for use in children over 12 will come first before approval for use in age groups. younger.
Rajapakse said that until children are approved to be vaccinated against COVID-19, eligible adults who live with children should be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“The reason is that we are trying to get collective immunity to try to slow down and stop the pandemic,” she said. “It refers to when you have enough of a population that is immune to an infection that the infection cannot easily pass from person to person. Collective immunity slows transmission, so even if children are not yet eligible for vaccination, if the adults around them are vaccinated, it offers them some protection. “
She said that until children are approved to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Mayo Clinic encourages all eligible adults and living with children to be vaccinated.
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