The Delay in Approving Vaccines for Children

The delay in approving Covid vaccines for children doesn’t imply any deep, dark secret about the vaccines or any risk they pose to children.

As with other medications, adult doses are usually too much for kids. Now, by the time many kids turn into teens, their height and weight is similar to adults. Thus adult doses present little concern with most junior high and high schoolers. With preteens, that’s simply not true.

Thus the medical research community has to determine the proper dosage for smaller bodies, basically, what’s the smallest dose that will provide effective protection for a child. Determining the ideal requires another round of clinical trials, and with the paperwork involved in approving children as research subjects, the trials take even longer than they do with adults. We all know how long it took for full approval of the Pfizer vaccine in adults.

There is no evidence of any push for an emergency use approval for a vaccine for children. At least not yet.

Don’t hold your breath for full approval for kids. That’s going to take awhile.




  1. Height and weight have long been a rule of thumb for medications with children. When I ran into a pharmaceutical researcher at the University of Cincinnati – originally from the Netherlands – I found out it was just that a rule of thumb for many medication ad that little research had ever been done for many medications on what dosage was appropriate for pre-teen children. That was the reason he came to UC some 15 years ago. Height and weight may be fine for many drugs but the level of development of the brain and nervous system may be critical for some medications. I keep scanning to find the answers as does the FDA – which now wants to see specific research on different age groups, as well as physical conditions.

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