Vaccine Priorities: Children or Underserved Populations?
May 24, 2021
In the setting of still somewhat limited vaccine supplies and deliveries, a current question is what the most effective priority is among those who are still not vaccinated. What will have the most effective dampening effect on the pandemic? There are several considerations. To what extent could vaccination prevent transmission chains? And what would be the effect on global disease burden or death? On the one hand, there is obviously interest in protecting one’s own citizens. On the other hand, in addition to humanitarian reasons, protecting people in other countries where infections are out of any control could be more protective and effective on ending this ongoing pandemic, in part by preventing the emergence and spread of highly infectious, transmissible, and/or immune escape variants, and by reducing the global public health burden. This issue is further complicated by acceptance of vaccines for their children among parents.