White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday that children under four years old will likely receive three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine once it’s approved, referring to the plan as a “three-dose regimen.”
The information was shared during a White House press briefing on the COVID-19 response held on Wednesday.
“Dose and regimen for children 6 months to 24 months worked well, but it turned out the other group from 24 months to 4 years did not yet reach the level of non-inferiority, so the studies are continued,” Fauci said in response to a question from ABC News correspondent Cheyenne Haslett.
“It looks like it will be a three-dose regimen. I don’t think we can predict when we will see an EUA [Emergency Use Authorization] with that,” he added, referring to approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Fauci was hesitant to provide any kind of timetable in response to questions concerning vaccines for young children.
“I can’t give you a timetable on that. We’ll just have to wait and see,” he said.
The COVID-19 press briefing also updated the public regarding additional Pfizer antiviral pills that are expected by June.
“We’ve purchased 20 million treatment courses of the Pfizer pill, and we accelerated delivery of the first 10 million from September to the end of June,” White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients said during the briefing.
“We have hundreds of thousands of pills across the first quarter of 2022 per month, and that moves to millions in order to complete the first half of the 20 million by the end of June,” he added.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends “everyone ages 5 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19.”
The CDC also says, “Everyone ages 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 booster shot.” The vaccines are not yet recommended for any child under five years of age.
Many American parents, however, have concerns regarding child vaccinations. A December survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) reported:
Most parents still have concerns about the safety of Covid-19 vaccines for children, and about three in 10 say that they will “definitely not” vaccinate their children against Covid-19, according a recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Vaccine uptake has slowed among adolescents ages 12 to 17 in recent months. Only about half of parents say that their child in this age group has received at least one dose of vaccine, a share that has changed little since the fall, KFF found.
The discussion regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for young children follows new developments in California that propose a requirement that all students be fully-vaccinated starting in 2023. The Daily Wire previously reported:
A California state lawmaker proposed a bill on Monday that would add COVID-19 vaccinations to the state’s list of inoculations for grades K-12 in a move that would require all students to be fully-vaccinated starting in 2023.
State Democratic Sen. Richard Pan announced the legislation during a Monday press conference.
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The new bill was first reported Monday by The Los Angeles Times.
“We need to make sure schools are safe so that all parents are comfortable sending their children to school,” Pan, also a pediatrician, said, according to the report. “And we want to keep schools open.”