Do Kids Really Need to Be Vaccinated for COVID? Yes. No. Maybe.

Do Kids Really Need to Be Vaccinated for COVID? Yes. No. Maybe.

Still, the myriad uncertainties may be partly why the U.K. is taking a wait-and-see approach to vaccinating children. If the U.S. does not vaccinate children, they suggest, then the virus may well find a foothold to mutate and become even more harmful. She says the United States “probably could achieve” herd immunity without vaccinating children, “but why would we want to?” she asked. But the precise percentage needed to achieve herd immunity — and how evenly among the population immunity must be spread in order to suppress the virus — remains to be seen, Finn said. Given the lingering uncertainties, Gandhi suggests that overstating the importance of vaccinating children carries real risks.

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