Vaccination for children in US from 12 to 15 years to begin soon. The announcement came after Marisol Gerardo, a 9-year-old kid, got her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. It was during the clinical trial that took place at Durham’s Duke Health in North Carolina on April 12.
The US regulators have authorized Pfizer BioNTech’s COVID 19 vaccine for pre-teens who are 12 and above. Apart from that, they have also specified increasing the inoculation program in the country. This is because the vaccination rates have slowed down due to the fast spread of the UK variant virus.
President Joe Biden’s take on vaccination for children in US
It is the first vaccine that the United States has authorized for children of 12 to 15 years. Providing vaccination to younger children is extremely crucial to help them resume their curriculum and schools soon and safely. President Biden has made it clear that the vaccine has to be available to young adolescents promptly.
President Biden encouraged parents to vaccinate their children. He also asked independent teenagers how important it is to take the vaccine. He also said only then will they go closer to the goal and fight against the global pandemic.
Vaccination was available as an emergency use for people who were 16 in the US. The vaccine makers said that they would want approval from the people who are 16 and older for the immunization last week.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research director, Peter Marks, vaccination will begin for 12 to 15 years once the US. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention committee decides on the expansion.
Maximum children having COVID-19 only develops mild or no symptoms. But even though children are not on the verge of getting seriously ill, they can easily spread the virus.
When the government relaxed the lockdown rules, many outbreaks happened due to sports events. Many of these were school sports like basketball and football, which involved teenagers. Quick vaccination will prevent such situations and let children go back to their normal lives.
Pfizer is ‘A GODSEND’
According to a top vaccine scientist, Dr. William Gruber, Pfizer was ‘A GODSEND.’ He further said that vaccinating young teens would help in limiting the spread of the severe disease and expand their immune system. COVID-19 has not spared this age group, so vaccinating them would be of great help.
Gruber also said that several people and paediatricians in the community have referred to this vaccination process as a godsend. The adolescent population has been restricted from drama clubs, sports activities, and many such programs.
To end the pandemic, vaccinations are extremely crucial. However, several health officials show their concern in the hesitancy in giving the vaccine to adolescents. Health officials say that parents might show their concern much more to give the vaccine to their children.
Most parents might question the benefits versus the risks. They might even question the impact on the child’s development. Further, they might place a statement about the least spread among young kids due to the COVID-19.
Several companies have confirmed that the vaccine during the clinical trial successfully produced robust antibodies and was considered safe. Also, it showed effectiveness among children who were 12 and 15 years.
Fall in vaccination pace in the United States
The clinical trial of vaccination was done on 2,260 adolescents in the age group of 12 to 15 years. Around 18 COVID-19 cases took place in the group among children who got a placebo. And there was not a 100% efficiency in preventing COVID among the children who were vaccinated. This is what the companies had remarked earlier.
According to the data provided by CDC, approximately 46% of United States people have got a minimum of a vaccine shot for coronavirus.
But there is a significant slow pace recorded in US vaccinations since the peaking time.
The maximum peak recording in the United States was in the mid of April, where over 3.3 million doses a day were given and recorded on a seven-day average. In accordance with the CDC’s data, the average pace of vaccination has fallen by more than one-third. It is recorded to have given almost 2.1 million shots in a day, as recorded on May 4.
Vaccination for children in US from 12 to 15 years
The United States only recommends using the Pfizer vaccine for teenagers who are 16 and 17. Approximately two million people in that age group received a minimum of one shot, says CDC’s data. Several states during early April opened this vaccination for children in the US for non-high-risk individuals.
According to CDC, if the age group between 12 and 18 gets their vaccines soon, they can go back to their normal lives. The inoculation implies relaxed social distancing normals. Moreover, they can get back to their schools and summer camps.
According to their efficacy data and safety for vaccination for small children in the US, Pfizer needs time till September. They can only verify if their vaccines are safe for toddlers and small schoolers between 2 to 11. That is when they plan to include that age group to get into the emergency authorization.