The pediatrics experts of the American Academy of Pediatrics with the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that the children who are 2 years older and above, who are yet not eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination should continue to wear their masks.
The vaccine developed by the Pfizer Company is authorized to be given to kids as young as 12. However, Moderna has declared its plans to submit the data to the regulators by the next month. Thus, the vaccine will be authorized to be used for kids aged 12-17. The clinical trials of the data suggest that the vaccine is 100 percent efficient in adolescents.
Dr. Lee Savio Beers stated, “The COVID-19 vaccines are remarkably effective, but we must stay vigilant. Children under age 12 are not yet eligible for the vaccine, so it’s smart to be cautious and careful, especially when they are playing with friends, accompanying their parents to the grocery store, attending school or camp, and in any other situation in which they are around groups of people, some of whom may not be fully vaccinated.”
The team of pediatrics experts claimed that kids wear masks and follow other mitigation measures like physical distancing until they are fully vaccinated, or at least two weeks after the final dose to reduce infection risk. The American Academy of Pediatrics experts suggests, “In addition to protecting the child, the use of face masks significantly reduces the spread of severe SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory infections in schools and other community settings. Use of face masks at home also may be vital in households that include medically fragile, immunocompromised or at-risk adults and children.”
The AAP encourages the use of masks amongst the staff and children in schools, child care programs, and the camps as well until vaccine eligibility expands to younger age groups.