Speculation suggests that children aged five to eleven years old may be vaccinated against Covid-19 in the near future as cases begin to surge.
In the United States, Pfizer has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve its vaccine for children aged five to eleven years old.
Some believe that this is a necessary measure as the incidence rate among children in Ireland is the highest in those aged five to twelve years old.
However, others don’t believe that it’s necessary to vaccinate children as some studies suggest that children are less likely to transmit Covid-19 than unvaccinated adults are.
This implies that children contribute less to the propagation of the infection of Covid-19, which means peaks will be longer and lower than what they would otherwise be.
Taoiseach Micheál stated that a decision will be made next month in relation to vaccinating children aged 5-11 years old.
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IMAGE – Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)