With Covid Vaccines for Teens and Kids, Timing Matters
“In the end, this will be very good for vaccines as so much emphasis has been placed on the process, safety and verification,” said Dr. Campbell.
“I don’t think people in the past have realized how closely they look at the response to a vaccine,” said Dr. Campbell, or how much attention is paid to the timing, dose, and immune response of a new vaccine, is tested.
When it comes to the Covid vaccines, Dr. Maldonado: “We are not unduly concerned about anything about this vaccine, we are just following normal processes.”
Still, it’s possible that younger children, who usually have more robust immune systems than adults, may be more responsive to the Covid vaccines. For this reason, vaccine studies in children carefully examine dosage and immunological reactivity. Dr. Beers said, “They often start with a smaller group, give a lower vaccine dose, test the response, and work their way up to the dose necessary for an appropriate dose of immunity.”
Dr. Campbell and his colleagues in Maryland are just starting their first study of Covid vaccines in children under the age of 12. And no one should try to convince parents that the vaccines are safe and effective in this age group until the data are available: “I have no reason to believe that they are not safe and effective, but the evidence is in Pudding – I want to see the pudding. “
It makes sense to convince children of their regular vaccinations as it will protect them well if other diseases flare up after the pandemic lowered the rate of usual childhood vaccinations. Doctors are concerned about a whole list of vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles, whooping cough, meningitis, HPV, and flu.
Do Covid vaccines eventually fit into the routine vaccination schedule for children, and if so, at what age? Since the new vaccines are still in an emergency approval phase: “Nobody has answers; We have to see the passage of time, ”said Dr. Maldonado.