How to Protect Our Loved Ones from Infection
Vaccines for Children under 5 Pending
Approval This Week
The long-awaited approval of vaccines for children under 5 in the US is pending a review of the Pfizer shot this week. If approved, vaccines may be shipped as early as June 21st. Other countries’ approvals are likely to follow. Protecting children in a similar way to the protections for adults has been a priority, and the approval would come as infections among children are again rising from new variants. COVID protections for kids, and their families and teachers, should still include prevention of infections to avoid risk of Long COVID, among other harms which may still develop after breakthrough infections. The best approach to protecting our loved ones includes five pillars of prevention: 1. Masking with high-quality masks (N95 or better); 2. Ventilation and HEPA air purification; 3. Testing; 4. Social distancing and avoiding gatherings when exposure is likely; and 5. Vaccination in conjunction with the first 4 pillars to reduce the probability of infection and protect ourselves and others. With the emergence of more pathogenic variants in the context of waning immunity, our use of these 5 measures will dictate how successful we are at safeguarding the health of our loved ones.
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White House shifts pandemic funding to vaccines and away from other programs (The Washington Post)