The White Home on Thursday rolled out a host of new policies geared toward getting extra Individuals vaccinated for COVID. The brand new guidelines—together with vaccination mandates for federal employees and contractors, health-care services that obtain federal help, and companies with 100 or extra staff—might assist to nudge the roughly 80 million Americans over the age of 12 who haven’t gotten jabbed.
However the insurance policies don’t apply to the almost 50 million Individuals beneath 12 years previous. The U.S. Meals and Drug Administration may nonetheless be months away from approving a COVID vaccine for under-12s. And so long as these youngsters can’t get vaccinated, the nation might battle to achieve population-level “herd immunity.”
Typically talking, COVID is much less harmful to kids than adults. The older you’re, the larger your probabilities of creating a severe an infection that might end in hospitalization—or, worse, loss of life. However that doesn’t imply under-12s don’t transmit the illness.
“You’re going slower since you wish to make sure of security, security, security.”