COVID Vaccines For Kids Are On The Way, But When?

The Doctors

COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out across the country and many parents want to know when children will be able to get vaccinated from the virus.

The New York Times reports children may be able to get the vaccine this year but not before late summer.

Currently, both Pfizer and Moderna are conducting clinical trials of their vaccines in children 12 and older and reportedly hope to see the results of the trials by summer 2021. Based on how well the two vaccines do in this age group, Pfizer and Moderna are reportedly planning to conduct further testing in children younger than 12. 

Also, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, and AstraZeneca are also planning upcoming trials on their vaccines in children. 

Since the start of the pandemic, at least 227 children in America have reportedly died of COVID, and approximately 2 percent of children who contract the virus are hospitalized. NYT notes, "Children will also need to be vaccinated in order for the United States to approach herd immunity," explaining herd immunity will only be reached when 70 to 90 percent of the population is vaccinated.

The Doctors want everyone to be as informed as possible about the COVID-19 vaccines. Learn about the vaccine's possible side effectswhether or not you need to be vaccinated if you have already been infected with the virus, and why believing these COVID-19 vaccine myths could harm you and others.

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