Is vaccinating infants for COVID-19 necessary?

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 9:57 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - COVID-19 vaccine trials will soon begin on babies as young as six months old, according to Pfizer.

Pfizer leadership said they hoped to have the vaccine for them available by the fall.

However, some parents were skeptical about the need to give a COVID-19 vaccine to infants.

Pfizer is opening up its COVID-19 vaccine trials to include children 11 years old and younger.

The company plans to enroll up to 4,500 children across 90 sites around the world.

The testing will include children as young as six months old.

Participants will get two shots of smaller doses.

Deputy State Health Officer Dr. Karen Landers with ADPH said researchers must find the right dosage amount for children because their immune systems are different from adult immune systems.

WBRC asked why parents should consider vaccinating an infant.

Landers said it’s because more adults and teens are getting vaccinated.

“We have to remember that this virus is going to find a place to land, reside and that will be in persons who have no immunity to the virus and that could be in younger children,” Landers said.

Landers says the fall 2021 timeline for a vaccine for infants seems a bit ambitious. She didn’t expect a fully investigated vaccine for babies until fall 2022.

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