Dr. Nicole Baldwin, American Academy Of Pediatrics, Kendall discussed on All Things Considered
If these trials show the vaccines are safe and effective, the shot could soon be authorized for use in this age group, perhaps by summer. Dr. Nicole Baldwin is a pediatrician practicing in Cincinnati, Ohio, and when her 16 year old daughter had the chance to be enrolled in a clinical trial of the Fizer vaccine, she did not hesitate. People keep discounting kids because they think, Oh, kids don't get that sick. They don't need the vaccine. But she says Getting the under 18 population vaccinated could be beneficial, though most young people tend to have only mild infections. They do get it, You know, not only are teens getting infected and spreading it, but of the group of kids that get the sickest it tends to be. Our older kids are teenagers. Baldwin's daughter, Kendall says she was happy to roll a purse leave and be part of the vaccine trial. I feel like a lot of people my age, you're just kind of tired of everything going on missing out on so many activities, and the vaccine, she says, seems to be key to turning this around. So far, only the Fizer vaccine is authorized for teenagers. Her age 16 it up. This age group is much lower on the priority list, and supplies need to ramp up significantly, But ultimately, the goal is to be able to offer the vaccine to kids of all age groups. Dr Emily or building of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says the vaccine makers have plans to expand their trials further. So, starting with age 6 to 12, for example, testing the right dose testing safety. All these things were good moving down into younger Children, perhaps aged 2 to 6. This will take some time. But since trials don't need to be as large as the initial clinical trials and adults, Dr Anthony Fauci ifs as it could move fairly quickly so that hopefully By the time we get to the late spring and early summer, we will have Children being able to be vaccinated. According to the FDA is guidance. Scientists estimate about 70 to 85% of people need to be immune from the coronavirus to reach herd immunity. And given the kids make up about 20% of the population. Pediatrician Lee Savio Beers, who is president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, says kids play an important role immunizing Children against the cove in 19 absolutely will contribute to herd immunity. And the American Academy of Pediatrics has spoken out strongly to really urge the vaccine manufacturers treat pediatric trials with the same urgency that they have with adults. 16 year old candle. Baldwin will find out soon whether Got the placebo or the real thing, and she's waiting for the day. It's safe to do things that she misses most hanging out my friends and going to restaurants or movies. But for now it's time to stay vigilant, especially is more contagious variants of the virus circulate. It will still be months before everyone who wants a vaccine can get one. Allison Aubrey NPR news Black.