WASHINGTON (WSYR) — Now that all adults have access to the coronavirus vaccine, scientists are working to protect kids, too, especially as more variants continue to spread. Health departments are seeing more children catch the virus.
But help could soon be on the way, as early as next week. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for those 16 and up, but the company has also tested the vaccine on those ages 12 to 15 and they say it has proven to be 100% effective so far.
Pfizer submitted that data to the FDA, and now they’re waiting to get emergency approval so they can get those shots in littler arms. the CEO says that approval could come as early as next week.
Dr. Stephen Thomas—the Chief of Infectious Diseases at SUNY Upstate Medical University and the lead investigator for the adult version of the Pfizer trials—says vaccinating this very active age group would be a game changer, not only for in-person learning, but sports and other social activities.
“It’s three grades—depending upon how the district is organized, it could be a whole school, right, it could be a middle school or something like that,” Dr. Thomas said. “If you could have a high school and a junior high school and a middle school all vaccinated, that’s a really big deal
Dr. Thomas doesn’t believe this age group needs to take any extra precautions. He says it’s on a case-by-case basis. For example, people who have severe allergies should check in with their doctor to make sure they’re not allergic to anything in the shot.