Vaccination is important to increase children’s immunity levels and prevent the spread of coronaviruses. Although children spread the virus less efficiently than adults, they make up about 23 percent of the population.
Experts have said that the country is unlikely to reach the “herd immunity” threshold – at which point virus transmission inevitably stops – but it would be important to vaccinate children as much as possible.
One of the participants in the trial, 14-year-old Ty Dropick, urged others of his age to get vaccinated so that they could build comprehensive immunity and protect themselves. She had no side effects, leading her to suspect that she had received a placebo. If that happens, he plans to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
“I know it can be scary, but it’s not really as bad as it sounds,” he said. “If you get a kovid, it will be worse than being stuck with a needle for two seconds.”
Ty’s three siblings, ages 8, 10 and 16, are also enrolled in the vaccine trial for their age group. Her mother, Dr. Amanda Dropick, a pediatrician in Northern Kentucky, said that in her practice, most parents were eager to have their children vaccinated so that they could return to normal.
“The anxiety and depression that we are seeing with children, social delays, has been tremendous,” she said.
Dr. Dropick said that his children understand the risks and are willing to work voluntarily because they saw it as a civic duty. Every drug available today came because “someone was ready to go first,” he said.