Americans are continually waiting to find out when more age groups will gain eligibility to the COVID-19 vaccines.
On Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci gave an updated timeline of when children would be able to get vaccinated.
“For high school students, it looks like they will be available to get vaccinated in the beginning of the fall, very likely for the fall term,” the country’s leading infectious disease expert said during a hearing with the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, according to CNBC.
Children under the age of 12 will have to wait a bit longer, as Fauci predicted it would be “in the first part of the first quarter of 2022,” per the Wall Street Journal.
The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines on people 18 and older. While the FDA has approved Pfizer’s vaccine for those 16 and older.
Earlier this week, Moderna announced it has started giving doses of its vaccine to kids as young as six months old as part of a new study.
While vaccinations continue to roll out, Fauci is also warning Americans not to claim victory over the pandemic just yet.
During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Fauci noted that COVID cases have plateaued between 45,000 and 60,000 per day and how those numbers are “still at a level that are really quite risky."
“We’ve really got to be careful that we don’t claim victory and pull back on all the public health measures that we know work in keeping the lid on these surging of infections,” he added.
Fauci urged everyone to continue to social distance and wear face masks even if they are vaccinated.