Can kids be vaccinated?
- The decision do so “allows for a younger population to be protected from COVID-19, bringing us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy and to ending the pandemic,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, the acting FDA commissioner, in a statement. “Parents and guardians can rest assured that the agency undertook a rigorous and thorough review of all available data, as we have with all of our COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorizations.”
Why this matters for the pandemic
- “This is big news,” he told CNN. ”The young in this country are now the reservoir of the virus, so if we are going to eradicate this virus, we have to vaccinate the young.”
Young people represent a chunk of the U.S. population. More vaccinations for those children means that there will be an increased level of immunity throughout the country. Right now, 58.2% of the U.S. population 18 years old and up have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- For the entire country’s population, that number is at about 46%. Adding young people into that mix is expected to raise that number.