(NewsBroadcast.com) – The controversy on whether or not to vaccinate children rages on. Some parents say they refuse to get their kids vaccinated because they’re at a much lower risk. Others question whether or not vaccines are really safe. While the shots have been available for children ages 5 to 17, there’s been a lot of speculation that there would eventually be an inoculation for those aged 6 months to 4 years. Now, Dr. Fauci has revealed more about what to expect.
On January 26, Fauci spoke via teleconference about COVID-19 and how it’s progressing, but reporters wanted to know more about the vaccines and children. According to the chief medical advisor, the jab is currently in the testing phase with two groups: ages 6 months to 24 months, and 24 months through 4 years. While the first group reached “non-inferiority” — a level where the treatment offers more benefit than not — the second group with the older children has not, so there needs to be more testing, more data.
Currently, according to Dr. Fauci, there’s no timeline as to when the FDA will authorize the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use (EUA) and he refused to speculate, citing multiple factors and claiming he has nothing to do with the process. What he did say, however, is that, “it looks like it will be a three-dose regimen,” much like what adults and older children, ages 12 and up, are receiving now: two vaccinations and a booster.
Some lawmakers are frustrated that the vaccine rate has effectively slowed down, with 3 out of 10 parents saying they have no plans to get their child inoculated, and have decided to take matters into their own hands. California lawmakers are especially walking a tight rope between government control and parental rights.
Senator Richard Pan (D-CA) introduced new legislation, the Keep Schools Open and Safe Act, which would effectively add COVID-19 vaccinations to the mandatory list of shots children must receive in order to attend school. The real kicker is it also closes the “loophole” that allows parents to refrain from getting the jab due to personal choice. So, in other words, they have no choice. Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-CA) has already said he’ll push back against the legislation should it proceed.
The legislation follows on the heels of another proposed California legislation that removes the need for children ages 12 to 17 to have parental consent in order to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
While there’s no proposed timeline for the younger children, it’s very clear that there’s a lot of fight left to be had when it comes to the very fine line that’s government mandates vs personal freedoms.
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