The NIH director says, Despite receiving full approval of the Pfizers and BioNTech from the FDA, the children under 12 are unlikely to be eligible for a dose of these vaccines until the end of the year.
Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health said during a public vaccination event at Washington National Cathedral that it is not possible to get vaccine shots for children under 12 till late 2021.
NIH Director: Vaccines For Kids Not Likely Until Late 2021
The Washington National Cathedral hosted the public vaccination event on March 16, 2021, in Washington, DC to help demonstrate trust in the COVID-19 vaccines and encourage the Americans, especially the people who are at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 disease, and those who are hesitant to get vaccinated.
The FDA approved the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on Monday, but still, a huge part of the population remains ineligible for vaccine shots as the children under 12-years of age are not eligible to get vaccinated until late 2021.
And although the children will be returning to the classroom it is essential to take preventive measures to ensure their safety, On Tuesday Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institute of Health said that vaccinations for children under the age of 12 are not likely to get vaccinated until the end of the year.
Collins said in a statement that ” he doesn’t find any approval for kids under 12 to get vaccinated until the end of 2021, “He further added, getting the vaccine to kids under the age of 12 years is a more complex process than it may seem.
There are a lot of people who are really anxious to see this postponement of the vaccination of children under 12.” but There are various questions that need to be answered such as –
What’s the dose you want to give?
Can you give the same dose to a 6-year-old as you would to somebody who’s 30?”
According to Collins, Pfizer may send their trial data to FDA by the end of September as their scientists are still working on the research and collecting the data regarding the vaccines through various trials, but the data is yet to be submitted to the FDA.
Amid all these situations, there are various controversies in few parts of the country regarding the mask mandates in schools and also legal struggles from the local to the federal level.
Collins said “We all want the kids back in school,” we are doing everything we can to make that possible safely. This is why I’m just so puzzled about these controversies regarding masks mandates in the classroom. If you want to prevent that outbreak then we need to send all the kids home again, and if we can’t compromise on their education then the only way to avoid it is ensuring mask mandates and wearing masks.“
Fauci says, If the majority of those people who are eligible to get vaccinated, but are hesitant change their minds and come forward to fight against covid through getting covid shots there’s a chance the pandemic can come”under control” by spring 2022.