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Friday, 07 May 2021 Article

Why Is There Not Yet A Vaccination For COVID-19 For Children?

Why Is There Not Yet A Vaccination For COVID-19 For Children?

The low number of COVID-19 cases in children means that most research institutions and vaccine manufacturers have not involved children in clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccine.

In addition, of course there are several considerations why children have not been involved in the vaccine testing process, including:

Risks of COVID-19 in Children

There are fewer cases of Corona virus infection in children than adults. Even if infected, the symptoms experienced by children are usually mild and rarely fatal. However, that does not mean children can be immune to exposure to this virus, Moms.

Child's Immunity System Is Different From Adults

Some experts say, the immune system of children often responds differently to vaccines than adults. The immune system can also vary in children of various ages. This makes the dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine for children not the same as the dose for the vaccine for adults.

Therefore, more research is needed to evaluate whether the corona virus vaccine candidate is effective and safe for children.

Vaccine Safety

Researchers want to ensure that the COVID-19 vaccine given to adults is indeed effective and safe before it is injected into children. To date, participants in the COVID-19 vaccine research (Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, and others) are adults over the age of 16. Therefore, deeper studies and data are needed to start the process of research and testing of the COVID-19 vaccine for children. According to Harvard Medical School, the COVID-19 vaccine will be available for use in children as early as late 2021 or early 2022.

Parental Permission

The children are not yet able to make their own decisions. Therefore, permission and consent from parents is required if researchers want to carry out vaccine trials in children.

While waiting for the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine for children, parents can take precautions first by always implementing health protocols and reminding children to always apply it.

Source:

Kristin Moffitt M. COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens: What we do and don't know [Internet]. Harvard Health Blog. 2021 [cited 7 May 2021]. Available from: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/covid-19-vaccines-for-children-and-teens-what-we-do-and-dont-know-2021050522523

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