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Getting Answers: Can children get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Can children get vaccinated for the coronavirus?

According to the Pima County Health Department, the answer is no.

Using CDC guidance, the health department on its website states, "No not yet. The Moderna vaccine is authorized for people 18 years and older. Although the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for people 16 and older, more clinical studies need to be completed before COVID-19 vaccines can be recommended for younger children."

Drug manufacturing companies are in the process of testing the vaccine on children.

Moderna is hoping to have the results from its tests involving teens out in time to offer the shot for students before classes begin in the fall. However, Doctor Anthony Fauci said Americans could have to wait until 2022 before there is enough data to vaccinate younger children.

If you have a question about the coronavirus email gettinganswers@kvoa.com

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Amanda Gomez

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