Kids are generally not included in high-risk groups
Before we move further into the discussion, it’s important to highlight that experts are not leaving the children behind.
The vaccines that we have now may only be for adults 16 and up, but there are crucial reasons for that. You see, according to experts, the protocol for a clinical trial is that vaccines should be tested on the healthy adult population first, before testing it on the elderly and children.
Additionally, kids are not typically included in the high-risk population who could develop severe COVID-cases.
At this point, those who are more likely to get it are frontliners working with people, such as nurses and doctors.
On the other hand, the population most at risk of developing severe symptoms are senior citizens and those with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Because of these demographics, various health-governing bodies decided that the most at-risk and vulnerable people should receive the vaccines first.
In other words, even if a COVID-19 vaccine is safe for kids aged 16 and up, they may not receive the vaccines just yet under the Emergency Use Authorization. However, they might be able to receive shots sooner, should they have underlying health issues that make them more vulnerable.