When will kids be vaccinated for Covid?
US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said Wednesday the FDA will “move fast” to evaluate data from vaccine companies once it’s ready, and it’s possible a Covid-19 vaccine will be available for kids under the age of 12 before the end of 2021.
Is there a COVID-19 vaccine for kids?
The FDA in May permitted the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15. Moderna’s vaccine is expected to be authorized for kids as young as 12 as well.
Are kids getting Covid?
Kid cases. Overall, children have accounted for about 14 percent of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. With the delta variant making inroads among unvaccinated people, cases in children are on the rise again.
How is a child tested for COVID-19?
To test for COVID-19, a health care provider uses a long swab to take a sample from the back of the nose (nasopharyngeal swab). The sample is then sent to a lab for testing. If your child is coughing up phlegm (sputum), that may be sent for testing.
Is there a vaccine for Covid for children?
Only the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine has been authorized for adolescents and teens, ages 12-17.
Is there a Covid vaccine for kids under 12?
No Covid vaccines have been authorized or approved for use in children under 12. Emergency use authorization for younger children is expected in the fall or winter. But several steps need to be taken first, including the completion of clinical trials.
Is Pfizer vaccine safe for children?
The Pfizer vaccine has been shown overall to be safe and highly effective in preventing severe illness among people ages 12 and up, but vaccinating younger children requires extra scrutiny and study.
Is it safe to vaccinate 12 year olds with Pfizer?
Most children aged 12 to 15 can safely get the vaccine. But a vaccine is not recommended if your child: has had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) in the past, including to any other vaccine or medication.
What is the risk of my child becoming sick with COVID-19?
Children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and can get sick with COVID-19. Most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or they may have no symptoms at all (“asymptomatic”). Fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults.
Can children get severely ill with COVID-19?
While children have been less affected by COVID-19 compared to adults, children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and some children develop severe illness. Children with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness compared to children without underlying medical conditions.