Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.
Yvonne Maldonado, MD explains kids 12 and older can get vaccinated for COVID now, and vaccines for younger children is expected soon.
At this time, we know that children 12 and older can be vaccinated. We don’t know yet when the vaccine will be licensed for children under 12, but we think that sometime this fall. Based on the data that we have now in the trials that are ongoing, we expect the FDA should receive results from clinical trials in children 5-11 years of age by early this fall for consideration for emergency use authorization or approval. Which means that children might then be able to be vaccinated in the fall or winter of this year. But in any event by early 2022 there should be vaccine available for children from 5-11 years of age and possibly even for children younger than 5.