(WUTR-TV) — With eligibility expanding, and so many places offering appointments, it’s become a lot easier to get the COVID vaccine, but that doesn’t answer the question about children. Pfizer had a clinical trial with over 2,200 adolescents, all 12 to 15 years old and the results showed 100% efficacy.
“They found that their antibodies actually were at a higher level than adults. Which is not surprising because kids’ immune systems tend to respond more vigorously.” – Dr. Kent Hall Chief Physician Executive, MVHS
The clinical trial had 3 phases. Phase 1 tested the proper doses, phase 2 measured side effects and phase 3 looked at efficacy.
“What they’re doing now is they’re taking the same concept as, and they’re looking at it in younger aged kids. So, their ultimately going to look at it all the way down to 6 months old.” – Dr Kent Hall Chief Physician Executive, MVHS
In the beginning we learned that COVID didn’t infect children as severely as adults, so it is necessary for them to also get the vaccine?
“It’ll definitely be necessary. There is still evidence that they are infected and asymptomatic. . . They can still transmit it to other people.” – Dr. Kent Hall Chief Physician Executive, MVHS
So, how soon could the vaccines be available to children?
“One to two months before we’re administering it to 12 to 15 year old’s. It’ll be longer than that before we see them administering it to kids under 12 because these studies are being done in a sequential way.” – Dr. Kent Hall Chief Physician Executive, MVHS