Parents across the country are pleading with pediatricians to allow their children to be vaccinated against COVID-19. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved one COVID-19 vaccine—the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine—the vaccine is not yet recommended for use in those below the age of 12. More than that, the American Academy of Pediatrics has cautioned against the “use of COVID-19 vaccines in children under 12.”
“We do not want individual physicians to be calculating doses and dosing schedules one-by-one for younger children based on the experience with the vaccine in older patients. We should do this based on all of the evidence for each age group, and for that, we need the trials to be completed. I know parents are anxious to protect their children, but we want to make sure children have the full benefit of ongoing clinical trials,” explained Yvonne Maldonado, MD chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases.
There has been an increase in the reported cases of COVID-19 in the United States as a result of the new Delta variant outbreaks. This disease is not as dangerous as for children, but the number of severe cases has increased as well. Nonetheless, many concerned parents worry about the safety of their children, and there have been reported cases of parents attempting to convince doctors to vaccinated children under 12.
Pediatricians have explained that they are unable to administer the vaccine to children under 12, as the vaccine has not been researched enough for his age group. Worst than that, some pediatricians have reported parents lying about their children’s age in order to get them vaccinated. While this could potentially be unsafe, it could also affect their children’s records once they are finally eligible for the vaccine, as they will be listed as unvaccinated officially.