The rise in cases of COVID-19 among children in the U.S. mainly linked to the Delta variant is a major concern. The virus is spreading quickly in communities with low rates of COVID-19 vaccinations. The Delta variant of COVID-19 is more than two times as contagious as the previous variants.
The Delta variant that is circulating widely is more contagious, and children are getting infected more often than previously during the pandemic,” Michael L. Chang, M.D.
Another reason for rising COVID-19 hospitalizations among children may be that those under the age of 12 years cannot get the vaccination yet. Children who are at higher risk of hostile outcomes from COVID-19 are those under 1 year of age, and those with underlying conditions.
Pfizer recently announced that its vaccine is 100% effective in children aged 12–15, and Moderna also reported that its vaccine is fully effective in those aged 12–17.
It is expected that data from these trials will be available by mid-fall, and if the data demonstrate that the vaccines are immunogenic and safe, an emergency use authorization (EUA) for use in children 5–11 years may be available by the end of 2021 and for children 2-4 years, by the beginning of 2022,” said Dr. Tan.
We all must work together if we want to achieve our common goal which is returning to how life was before this dangerous virus.