Three COVID-19 vaccines—Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson&Johnson—have been deemed safe and efficacable for the adult population, and are currently being injected into the arms of Americans. The next question on everyone’s minds? Are the vaccines safe for children? During Wednesday’s White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed the answer. Read on to find out whether Dr. Fauci believes the COVID vaccines are safe for children—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Studies are Now Ongoing
Dr. Fauci started off by explaining that multiple studies are under way to offer a conclusive answer to the question of whether the current vaccines are safe for children. “Right now, there are a couple of studies from multiple companies looking at vaccines in children,” he explained. However he pointed out that while they “are looking at both safety and immunogenicity” they aren’t focused on “vaccine efficacy signals, because you would need tens of thousands of people in those trials,” he said. “We’re trying to do bridging studies to show comparable immunogenicity at the same time, looking at safety.”
He also revealed that the studies focus on different age groups. “We will know answers to that for high school level individuals, by the time we get to the fall.” For other ages, Moderna just started a de-escalation study this past week, looking at groups of kids from “12 to nine, nine years to six years, six years to two years and six months to two years,” he revealed. “We’re going to be looking at multiple aspects of safety.”
While there is currently no definitive answer to the question, he is quite confident that the findings will support the vaccine as safe for children of all ages.
“There is really no biological reason at all to indicate or even predict that you would even see any modification of the genetic profile when you’re dealing with an MRNA which has no way of integrating into the genome of a cell,” he said. “So it is a question that gets asked frequently, but there’s no biological mechanism why we can see how that would happen. We’re going to be looking at all aspects of safety, but I really don’t predict you’re going to see anything in that space.”
How to Stay Safe During the Pandemic
So follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.