Dr. John Bradley urges children to get vaccinated to boost San Diego’s numbers
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Pfizer became the first pharmaceutical company to ask the FDA for full approval of its COVID-19 vaccine.
Like Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines, Pfizer’s COVID shot is currently being administered under emergency use authorization.
The full FDA approval process will take around six months after the agency receives all pre-clinical and clinical trial data. At the same time, Pfizer is also applying to extend its emergency use to include children between the ages of 12 to 15.
Currently, everyone 16-years and older are able to get any of the COVID vaccines throughout the United States.
But, young people have extremely low-risk to COVID-19, and it has been proved that they aren’t significant spreaders of the disease. Dr. Kelly Victory recently appeared on KUSI News and said young, healthy people should not get the vaccine, especially if they have the COVID-19 antibodies.
But Medical Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, Dr. John Bradley, thinks parents should get their children vaccinated.
Dr. Bradley explained these vaccines have been used on millions of adults, and the data says they are safe.
Furthermore, he said vaccinating children aged 12 to 15 will “allow 165,000 more immunized people in San Diego County to add to ‘herd immunity’ so COVID will stop spreading. He added that vaccinating these young children will make going back to school even safer, but didn’t acknowledge young children have already returned to in-person classes in most parts of the country.
Bradley went as far as saying that infected children can hospitalize and even kill their grandparents by accident.
Dr. Bradley did not mention that millions of elderly people have been vaccinated and are immune from COVID-19.
California public schools, and the San Diego Unified School District specifically, have not yet reopened schools because teachers don’t want to return to the classrooms until everyone is vaccinated.