Sumary of The case for vaccinating children under 12 against COVID-19:
- In a recent study published on the preprint server medRxiv*, researchers assess the need for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination in children who are 12 years of age or younger.
- This analysis found that young children may be critical hidden spreaders of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19).
- Thus, the current study indicates that young children 12 years and younger are in urgent need of vaccination to mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2 spread caused by this particular population.
- Study: A need of COVID19 vaccination for children aged <12 years: Comparative evidence from the clinical characteristics in patients during a recent Delta surge (B.
- com Background The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused over 250 million infections and over 5.1 million deaths globally.
- Several new mutants of SARS-CoV-2 include the Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Lambda, and Delta.
- In Guangzhou, China, the Delta variant was first reported on May 21, 2021. COVID-19 vaccines have been effective against the Delta variant.
- Importantly, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who have not been vaccinated are 11 times more likely to get infected with COVID-19, thus indicating the important role of vaccines and the protection it renders from the Delta variant.