As the extremely contagious Delta version of the Coronavirus continues to cause a surge in cases across the country, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, stated on Sunday that he supports COVID-19 vaccine regulations for children attending schools. Children under the age of 12 are currently ineligible to get the COVID-19 vaccination. In a separate interview with ABC’s “This Week,” Fauci stated that by early October, the US Food and Drug Administration should have enough evidence to decide whether the shot is safe for children under the age of 18.
Fauci said, “I believe that mandating vaccines for children to appear in school is a good idea. We’ve done this for decades and decades, requiring polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis vaccinations.” According to Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to the White House, there’s a reasonable chance that the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines will receive FDA approval for children under the age of 12 before the holiday season.
According to industry leaders and state health officials, the reopening of schools is adding to a COVID-19 test supply deficit in the United States, as schools relaunch monitoring programmes that will require tens of millions of tests, as reported by Reuters last week.