The availability of the COVID-19 vaccine is a big step towards the stopping of the virus that causes this deadly pandemic. The first vaccines released are authorized for emergency use in adults and teens who are at least 16 years old. Those in first line to receive the vaccine include high risk groups such as the elderly and front line health care workers. Other teens and adults are likely to have access later in 2021.
Clinical trials need to be completed before vaccine becomes available in children. This is important to ensure that they are safe for this age group. Children cannot be classified as little adults. As a result we cannot just a assume a vaccine will have the same effect it had on them as it did for an older person.
Will there be a vaccine before the 2021-22 school year ?
The availability of the vaccine will depend on results of the trials of the vaccine in adolescent and children. Based on the current rate of research , there may be a vaccine for at least some age group of children and adolescent before the 2021-22 school year begins.
Will COVID vaccine be required for school entry
As soon as the vaccine results shows that it is safe and healthy for children, health authorities including the CDC and AAP will recommend when and how children should get the vaccine. However, it is a state government’s decision which vaccines are required for school entry. The decision can vary from state to state.
Here’s When We May Get a COVID-19 Vaccine for Children. Healthyline. https://www.healthline.com/health-news/heres-when-we-may-get-a-covid-19-vaccine-for-children. Accessed January 3rd, 2021
When Will the COVID-19 Vaccine Be Available for Kids, and Will It Be Safe for Your Family?Connecticut Children’s.https://www.connecticutchildrens.org/coronavirus/when-will-the-covid-19-vaccine-be-available-for-kids-and-will-it-be-safe-for-your-family/ . Accessed January 3rd, 2021