According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, babies and toddlers will get their COVID-19 vaccine shots in the near future.
Babies and toddlers, basically anyone under 5 years old, will likely have a COVID-19 vaccine made available to them by spring 2022, Fauci said.
“Hopefully within a reasonably short period of time, likely the beginning of next year in 2022, in the first quarter of 2022, it will be available to them,” Fauci said.
According to Fauci, it’s unlikely to know when the vaccine will arrive.
“Can’t guarantee it, you’ve got to do the clinical trial,” he said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnant women can get the COVID-19 vaccine, saying it won’t lead to birthing issues or negative side effects in children.
As the winter leads to more cases, more shots may be required to keep immunity fresh. More than two shots may become the new standard for adults, said Fauci.
According to Dr. Anand Swaminathan, a New Jersey-based emergency medicine physician, getting boosters is only one aspect of it all. It’s important for more people to get the traditional vaccine doses.
“Honestly, I think that boosters right now are a bit of a distraction away from where we should be focused, which is getting first doses, especially since we know that even now, even with Delta surging, the primary doses of the vaccines are highly protective against serious infection, against hospitalization,” Swaminathan said.