Relief for Parents – The New York Times

After months of delays, children under 5 are due to get vaccinated next week.

The FDA and CDC are expected to clear vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer for young children in the coming days. An FDA panel on Wednesday recommended licensing the two vaccines.

Vaccines for young children have been delayed because neither company has submitted the full data needed to the FDA to clear them, a senior agency official previously hinted. White House adviser Anthony Fauci also hinted at one point that the FDA wanted to wait to consider both vaccines simultaneously because it feared allowing them at different times would upset parents. (This newsletter criticized the government’s mixed messages.)

But now any parent – ​​and child – who has been waiting for vaccines can finally see the full stop. This is potentially a large group: nearly 20 million children are under 5 in the United States. In some cases, the wait has taken its toll, as parents have delayed their careers and lives, not to mention the lives of their children, to stay as long as possible. safe from Covid as possible until a vaccine is available.

Parents described the wait in blunt terms to The Times, my colleagues Sharon LaFraniere and Emily Erdos reported: “I almost lost my job and my mind.” “I halved my income. “The hardest time of my life.” “I feel helpless and hopeless.” “Extremely solitary; I cry while writing this. “Every cough makes me nervous.”

In a way, vaccine approvals will be big news: it means that every United States that will ever be eligible for a Covid vaccine will be able to get one. (Injections won’t be available for babies under 6 months old, but that’s typical for many vaccines.)

Permissions could trigger ripple effects on American life. More parents may decide to return to offices. Childcare centers and schools may be able to relax quarantine and isolation rules. More young children will be able to play with friends and participate in sports or other activities without a mask.

Although vaccines reduce the risk of serious consequences for children, they may not change much of the trajectory of Covid hospitalizations and deaths. Even without the injections, children are at little risk of serious consequences from Covid overall. Soon-to-be-eligible age group accounts for less than 0.1% of confirmed Covid deaths in the US

There is also a lot of hesitation among parents about injections. Only one in five parents of children under age 5 plan to have a child vaccinated immediately, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey.

Part of that could be the dynamic we’ve seen with adult Covid vaccines: many people want to wait and see how vaccines work in others before getting vaccinated or having loved ones vaccinated.

But some parents’ deep concern about Covid may have dissipated as the impact of the virus on broader American life has diminished. And many parents may think vaccines are unnecessary because children are at low risk of severe Covid.

Vaccines for young children may not do much to truly end the pandemic, even if vaccines help more people get back to normal. Preventing the worst of the pandemic always comes down to protecting the most vulnerable, including the elderly and the immunocompromised. This means not only giving more vaccines and booster shots, but also ensuring wide access to the antiviral drug Paxlovid, the preventive drug Evusheld and other treatments.

Supplements: Take a quiz to find out which job.

Modern love: A distracted flirt during a difficult time – then became something more.

A Times classic: How a high school casting controversy turned into a storm of culture war.

Wirecutter Tips: The best shoe cabinet.

Lives Lived: Duncan Hannah vividly documented the New York arts and club scene of the 1970s and became a successful entertainer in the 80s. He died at 69.

Sunday is June 16. The holiday, which commemorates the abolition of slavery, has become a larger celebration of African-American freedom. That includes smaller freedoms, writes chef and author Nicole Taylor, like the ability to take time off for hobbies and self-care.

In a new cookbook celebrating Juneteenth, Taylor describes holiday meals that range from the fancy to the simple — a symposium with chefs in Austin, a rooftop party with friends, a swampy day in the Georgia woods.

“Over the years, Juneteenth has become my annual tradition,” she wrote, “even when I’m miles away from where I call home.”

Thank you for spending part of your morning with The Times. Until tomorrow.

PS The Watergate break-in happened 50 years ago today.

Leave a Comment