Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been giving advice and educating the public on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fauci confirmed that high school students could begin to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when they return to classes in the fall, reports the New York Post.
“That will likely occur in the fall. I can’t say that it will be on day one when the school starts in the fall term,” Fauci said.
As for the young people across the nation, Fauci said health officials are still waiting for the results of trials that test the shot’s effectiveness on that specific population.
However, younger students may have to wait several months.
“When you have younger children, it likely will not be before the first quarter of 2022,” Fauci said.
While people across the nation continue to get vaccinated, Fauci said that Americans could still be wearing masks in 2022 even if “a significant degree of normality” returns to the U.S. this year.
“You know, I think it is possible that that’s the case and, again, it really depends on what you mean by normality,” Fauci said.
“If normality means exactly the way things were before we had this happen to us, I mean, I can’t predict that,” he said. “I mean, obviously I think we’re going to have a significant degree of normality beyond the terrible burden that all of us have been through over the last year.”
Fauci said that by the fall and winter of this year, “we will be approaching a degree of normality.”