A: Dr. Fauci to cute kids: “Hang in there – coupla’ more months and we’ll be in good shape!”
We Nerdy Girls are big #faucifangirls. We’re also moms. So, when Dr. Fauci spoke to kids (and Elmo!) recently about COVID vaccines, we listened up!
Here’s the TL;DR on kids and COVID vaccine trials:
➡️ Safety first!
Following tradition, adults have gone first in trials – erring on the side of caution.
➡️ But now’s the moment
Pediatric medical societies are sufficiently confident in the adult safety data to call for kid-specific studies. Indeed, they’re strongly advocating for it.
➡️ Kids are not “little adults”
When it comes to immune system function, kids and adults can be quite different. Kid-specific data is needed, for example, to fine-tune the optimal dosage level and dosing schedule.
➡️ Older kids first, younger kids next.
A few trials now include older children (12+); a “step down” to younger children will likely begin early in the new year.
➡️ Timeline for shots in little arms? Experts hope for fall 2021.🤞
Fauci to kids: “Hopefully within a few months we’ll be able to tell you the vaccine is safe and effective in you, and we’re anxious to get you vaccinated.”
Your Nerdy Girls
Fauci takes cute kids’ questions on CNN (truly adorable)
Pediatric medical societies advocating that the time is right to study children:
Kid-specific dosaging, predicted fall 2021 timeline for shots in little arms, and other helpful background info about kids and COVID vaccine trials:
A few trials now include older kids (meet some of the amazing volunteers! The kids are alright.):