COVID-19: Vaccinating children ‘not a high priority’ – Expert

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According to Dr. Kate O’Brien, a vaccine expert who works with the World Health Organization (WHO), vaccinating children against COVID-19 is “not a high priority” in the face of vaccine shortages. Dr. O’Brien explained that “[c]hildren are at [a] very, very low risk of actually getting [COVID-19].”

“When we’re in this really difficult place, as we are right now,” she continued, “where the supply of vaccine is insufficient for everybody around the world, immunizing kids is not a high priority right now.”

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She explained that healthcare workers and older adults should remain the priority.

“Immunization of children in order to send them back to school is not the predominant requirement for them to go back to school safely,” she said. “They can go back to school safely if what we’re doing is immunizing those who are around them who are at risk.”

  • Credit: MEDICAL NEWS TODAY
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