The latest COVID-19 vaccine updates for children under 12 years of age
The latest COVID-19 vaccine updates for children under 12 years of age

The latest COVID-19 vaccine updates for children under 12 years of age

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – A new study casts doubt on the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine for children 5-11. Like this age group is approaching the five month window where a booster is typically recommended for other age groups.

The FDA and CDC do not currently recommend booster shots for between 5-12, but Pfizer is looking at the possibility, especially after the results of a new study.

“We have not yet heard from the FDA or from the CDC about boosters for that age group, but I expect, as we get closer to that period, that we will start to see more of more news about it as they begin to plan this rollout. , ”Said Melissa Viray, acting director of Richmond and Henrico Health Districts.

But it’s still a big if.

New data researchers from the state of New York show that the only COVID vaccine children 5 to 11 can take, Pfizer-BioNTech, offers almost no protection against infection.

The results have not been peer-reviewed, but the researchers found that the vaccine’s effectiveness in that age group dropped from 68 percent in mid-December to only 12 percent in late January … When omicron spread.

Viray says that while current results are not promising right now, she expects vaccines will soon be available for this age group.

“I would be surprised to know what we have seen in other age groups and what we have seen regarding the immunology of this virus. I would be surprised if there is no booster for the five to eleven,” said Viray .

Many families are not thinking about boosters yet. This is because the majority of children under 12 have not been vaccinated at all.

Only 30-40 percent of children between 5-11 in the Richmond-Henrico region have received their first dose.

“I think it’s really important to reiterate that you know we have no way these vaccines work that will have no effect on their development. There will be no effect on their ability to to have children or be healthy along the way, ”Viray said.

For children under the age of five, there is not much promising news yet for an effective vaccine that can create challenging situations for parents.

Viray believes that concerns for parents such as quarantine plans and child care will be more streamlined as Americans continue to live with this virus.

“I think that as we move forward, as vaccines become more of an option, and as we see the next wave come through,” Viray said, “I think our hope is that we will get to a more balanced rhythm in terms of how we are able to keep children in school predictable, you can not predict that it will get sick. “

Vaccine manufacturers are already developing new formulas for new strains, just as they did for Omicron.

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