Should We Mandate a COVID-19 Vaccine for Children?

JAMA Pediatrics
February 2021, Vol 175, No. 2, Pages 115-216


Should We Mandate a COVID-19 Vaccine for Children?
Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH; Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH; Lainie Friedman Ross, MD, PhD
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JAMA Pediatr. 2021;175(2):125-126. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.3019
This Viewpoint examines the evidence for vaccination of children against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)….” Nevertheless, with these criteria as a framework, the only logical conclusion is that we currently know too little about the performance of any of the candidate COVID-19 vaccines or the epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 in children to make any firm judgments about whether a COVID-19 vaccine should be mandatory in children. Yet, it is not too early to begin integrating these criteria into our planning to help ensure we get this decision right. Our nation’s children deserve as much.”