For this reason, when officials meet, they will consider a complex issue. What are the chances of a child getting covid? How much protection does a vaccine provide? What are the possible symptoms and complications that children face as a result of taking it?
Considering all these questions, Bloomberg says, “It’s clear that the benefits outweigh the risks for this age group.”
Indeed, trial data and analyzes have shown that in almost every covid situation, vaccinating children will prevent serious infections and death, with very low risk.
Which has been found in the study
Pfizer’s study, which began in March 2021, took about 2,300 children and two-thirds of them were vaccinated with two doses, while others received a placebo. Shots were given at 21-day intervals and, importantly, at lower doses than in older people – one-third of the amount of vaccine.
From the study, three vaccinated infants were caught covid, where there were 16 cases in the placebo group – efficacy was about 91%. Side effects were common and usually mild, and myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart that was seen as a rare side effect and probably the most worrying, did not even occur (the rate among adults runs to about seven per million, so 2,300 very small sample size).
Modern, meanwhile, Said Monday That its study on children under 12 years of age – including two shots at half the dose given to adults at 28-day intervals – also shows strong results. The vaccine will not be negotiated with the FDA, and will have to follow the same path that Pfizer currently approves before giving it to children.
The bottom line is that these studies have shown that vaccines reduce the risk of symptomatic covid infections and hospitalizations in children by adapting to the number of adults – and without significant complications.
Can vaccinating children help prevent epidemics?
Vaccination is not just about personal benefits, although they are clearly important. Computational epidemiologist Maimuna Majumder said that at a broader level, vaccinating children could affect the size of the epidemic.
“One of the things that makes school-age children – especially young ones – unique is not only the number of contacts they have on a given day but also the age group differences between those contacts,” said Majumdar, a faculty member. Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. “They communicate with their peers at school and outside of the curriculum, but they also communicate with older teachers and caregivers as well as their families.”