Dr. on Sunday High school students can be vaccinated against COVID-19 when Anthony Fauci returns to classes in the fall.
“Chances are it will be in decline. I can not say that it will be the day when school starts in the fall term Told anchor Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday”.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said officials are awaiting test results that test the shot’s efficacy on the younger population.
“Hopefully by the time we get into a state of relapse, they will be vaccinated and that’s why we’re emphasizing those studies,” Fauci said.
But he said that younger students would need to wait longer to get the jab.
“When you have young children, this possibility won’t happen before the first quarter of 2022,” Fauci said.
Pfizer’s vaccine is currently authorized for people 16 years and older, while Moderna’s age is approved for those 18 and older.
Pfizer has said that it has fully enrolled 12- to 15-year-olds for a study and the results are expected in the first half of 2021, ABC News reported.
Meanwhile, Modern announced in December that it would run a trial on 3,000 children between 12 and 17 years of age and forecast mid-year results.