Updated: April 15, 2021 05:28 PM
Created: April 15, 2021 04:38 PM
(ABC 6 News) - For many health care providers, it is a race against new virus variants and trying to vaccinate as many people as they can.
But what about children? The vaccine hasn't been cleared for those under the age of 16.
In the United States alone, more than 300 children have died from the virus.
As of right now, health officials can't determine which child might be at risk for a more severe Covid case and which one might not be as at risk.
But regardless it's important to make sure your kids are vaccinated to drive down the transmission rate in the community.
"We would encourage any parents out there to contact their primary care provider to make sure that their child routine vaccines are all well up to date especially as we see grandparents being vaccinated and families interacting now more with some of the elderly members of their family children returning to in-person school potentially traveling and doing other things they could be exposed to some of these other vaccines preventable illnesses or could transmit them to other vulnerable people in the community," says Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Expert, Mayo Clinic.
Both Pfizer and Moderna are enrolling kids ages six months to eleven years old in trials.
Results from those trials are not available yet.
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