Children and Covid

Children and Covid

02/19/2021

When the United States completes its campaign to immunize every eligible American against the coronavirus, about a quarter of the population will remain unvaccinated. So, what happens to children?












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For American adults, the conclusion of the pandemic appears to be on the horizon. The end of summer 2021 has been earmarked as the time by which most adults will be vaccinated. But still remaining is the often-overlooked question of vaccinations for children.

As we understand it, younger children do not fall ill with the coronavirus at the same rate as adults, nor do they transmit the disease in the same way (they are thought to spread the disease around half as efficiently).

However, without the immunization of children, herd immunity — which, according to scientists, will be achieved with 80 percent of the population vaccinated — cannot be reached.

Today, we ask when America’s children will be vaccinated.

On today’s episode

Apoorva Mandavilli, a science and global health reporter for The New York Times.

Background reading

Pfizer and Moderna have begun testing their vaccines on children 12 and older. A vaccine for children is coming, but not for many months.

New research has cast doubt on the idea that prior infections with garden-variety coronaviruses might shield some people, particularly children, from the pandemic.

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Apoorva Mandavilli contributed reporting.

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