The good news is some manufacturers have already started including kids in their COVID-19 vaccine trials. Pfizer, whose current vaccine has 95% effectiveness, is said to have started including children as young as 12 in their clinical trials late in 2020. Moderna, whose adult COVID-19 vaccine has 94.5% effectiveness, has also begun clinical trials for kids.
But, when exactly can children receive vaccines? As of now, it’s hard to tell; it ultimately depends on the result of vaccine trials for kids. According to scientists, vaccine trials for children can take months, at least.
What should parents do while waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine for kids?
The time when children can go back to school, be with their friends, and play outdoors cannot come fast enough. But to ensure that they will receive a safe and effective vaccine, waiting is necessary.
Experts highly encourage parents to allow their children to get vaccinated once vaccines for kids are available.
For now, work on strengthening their immunity by making sure they are eating nutritious foods and taking their vitamins. Additionally, be sure to follow the health protocols. As much as possible, kids should stay at home.
When outdoors, they must wear a face mask and face shield and practice physical distancing. Please remind your children to wash their hands frequently. And finally, don’t delay in seeking medical help and proper care if they develop any symptoms.
Scientists still need to conduct further studies for a COVID-19 vaccine for kids. They need to check the appropriate dose and how far apart each dose must be. In the meantime, it’s important for parents to make sure children stay healthy and protected from diseases until a safe and effective vaccine has been made available.
Learn more about Childhood Vaccinations here.