When will kids get a COVID-19 vaccine?

By KYW Newsradio

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross.

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It was quite logical that those first selected to receive a vaccine against COVID-19 would be health care workers and those in senior settings, but there is a group that is not so obvious.

Like many health care workers, there has been an almost daily risk of exposure to people known to be COVID-19 positive or under investigation for COVID-19.

Yes, PPE has been a lifesaver, but a safe vaccine could be a game changer, especially when benefits outweigh risks.

But what about children? After all, they need to get back in school and we have learned that if kids get COVID-19, they can get short- and long-term effects.

So, why are children not part of the early recipients?

It all comes down to research. Coronavirus vaccines need to be tested in children before they are rolled out.

The hope is that there will be vaccines for children in both groups as the school year gets underway in fall 2021.

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