No Urgent Need To Get Children COVID Vaccines: W.H.O.
Parents continue to ask whether children will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The World Health Organization according to their June guidance, just released is suggesting that parents could hold off on vaccinating their children against COVID-19.
The reasoning behind this is that since children tend to experience milder symptoms compared with adults, therefore they aren’t in urgent need of vaccinations unless they have a pre-existing condition. Instead, vaccines should be prioritized for those with such conditions as well as for older adults and health care workers.
“More evidence is needed on the use of the different COVID-19 vaccines in children to be able to make general recommendations on vaccinating children against COVID-19,” the WHO states on its website.
Only the Pfizer/BionTech vaccine to this point is approved for those aged 12 years and above, however, trials are currently being done on other vaccines for children.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that “everyone 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19.”
COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, which includes studies in adolescents.
“Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic,” the CDC stated. “People who are fully vaccinated can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic.”
The WHO while suggesting that COVID vaccinations for children may not be necessary at this time, does continue to encourage vaccinating children for their normal shots to prevent other diseases.