You’ve gotten your COVID-19 vaccine. So has your 19-year-old who is home for the summer. But your younger children are still waiting their turn.
Until just recently, the vaccines authorized in the US were only available for adults over age 18 (or for over 16 for the vaccine from Pfizer). On May 10, 2021, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) extended the emergency authorization use of the Pfizer vaccine to include children ages 12 to 15. And based on preliminary results from clinical trials, it looks like the Moderna vaccine is set to follow on the Pfizer vaccine’s heels.
However, there still is no vaccine authorized for use in children under age 12. There are currently clinical trials underway, but it’s predicted that results won’t be available until late fall.
Young children, along with the millions of unvaccinated adults and teenagers, are relying on you to help them stay protected.
Here are some of the do’s and don’ts to keep in mind if the adults and teenagers in the household are vaccinated and you’re living with unvaccinated children: