Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, testifies during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA
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The US could start vaccinating older children against Covid-19 this fall, while elementary school-age children may get their shots early next year, said Dr. White House Chief Medical Officer Anthony Fauci told lawmakers on Wednesday.
“For students, it looks like they will be available for vaccination early this fall, very likely for the fall semester,” Fauci told lawmakers during a hearing with the House Committee on Energy and Trade.
Fauci said researchers will likely have enough data on vaccinations for younger children under the age of 12 to start vaccinating in the first quarter of 2022, Fauci said.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for people aged 18 years and over, while Pfizer’s vaccine can be used in people aged 16 and over.
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