Vaccination progress appears to have slowed down, but part of the reason is that a significant portion of the population is ineligible: children. According to a recent NBC News article, the American Academy of Pediatrics is urging the FDA to approve a vaccine for children under 12. Pediatric cases of Covid-19 have skyrocketed as the highly contagious delta strain picks up steam. With schools soon to reopen for fall semesters, the matter becomes more urgent.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, a professional nonprofit organization made up of more than 67,000 primary care pediatricians. wrote a letter to Janet Woodcock, FDA Action Commissioner. In it, they urge the agency to “continue to work aggressively to authorize safe and effective COVID-19 vaccinations for children under 12 as soon as possible.” At the time of writing, only the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine is approved for children and teens ages 12-17.