The current COVID-19 vaccine may not be right for kids
Children can’t receive the vaccine just yet because the current formulation that we have may not be right for them.
Experts stated that a child’s immune system is not the same as that of an adult. Additionally, their immunity may behave differently at varying ages.
For this reason, scientists will have to conduct additional studies. They need to check what dose works for kids, how many shots they need, and how far apart those shots should be.
Manufacturers are starting to include children in their clinical trials
Even though children are not generally a part of the most vulnerable population, there’s no doubt that this pandemic affects them on many levels.
For one, kids can’t go to school as they used to for fear of contracting COVID-19. Moreover, they cannot meet with friends personally nor play outdoors. These not only affect their physical health (as they might become more sedentary), but their mental health as well.
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.