As Pennsylvania and the country aim to vaccinate more people against COVID-19, one significant population who currently cannot get the vaccine is children.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s emergency approval of Pfizer’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines does not cover most children, with Pfizer being available for those 16 and older and Moderna’s being available for those 18 and older.
Dr. Jessica Ericson, pediatric infectious disease physician at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, said this is rather common when it comes to vaccine development. She explained that children often get left behind when new vaccines are developed, and neither of the clinical trials for the vaccines had included children among its test subjects.
There are current drug trials that include children, but Ericson said it’ll likely take months before a vaccine is made available for children and most teenagers.