Children in the US will likely be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the end of 2021 or in the first quarter of 2022, according to US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.
This announcement comes after the US Government approved the use of the anti-coronavirus jab developed by Pfizer-BioNTech in youngsters aged 12 and above a month ago.
Apart from the full vaccine jabs, Fauci recommends an additional booster shot, which will be administered a year after.
“I think we will almost certainly require a booster sometime within a year or so after getting the primary because the durability protection against coronavirus is generally not lifelong similar to measles,” he explained during an event.
Fauci’s recommendation was seconded by Pfizer Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla, who said a booster shot will likely be needed after a period of 8 to 12 months.
However, scientists are questioning this particular suggestion. According to experts, there’s still not enough data to conclude that booster shots will be necessary.
Bourla assured that they’re already researching this particular issue and promised that more conclusive data will be presented in one or two months.
He also noted that booster shots will only be given if trials prove it to be needed.
“I believe in one, two months we will have enough data to speak about it with much higher scientific certainty,” Bourla said.
Meanwhile, in the Philippines, the vaccination rollout is still limited to frontline health workers, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities.
However, the Department of Health (DOH) has promised to fast-track the rollout of COVID-19 jabs, extending it to workers of essential industries and individuals in the impoverished sector.
But there’s still no news when children will be vaccinated.
At present, the country has provided COVID-19 vaccines to almost 3.3 million Filipinos – 786,528, of which, have been fully vaccinated.
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