Parents worry as Delta variant spreads without a vaccine for younger children

With the Delta variant on the rise and school just around the corner, parents are worried and want to know when will vaccines be available for those under 12?
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — With the Delta variant on the rise and school just around the corner, parents are worried and want to know when will vaccines be available for those under 12?

“(I’m) So anxious you know? Your job as a mom is to protect your kids,” said Julie, a Lincoln mom with two boys.

The Delta variant is causing local cases of COVID to rise.

And local parents are hoping for a choice for their young ones when it comes to vaccines.

A grandmother who did not want to be on camera says her grandchildren are younger than 12.

“I am worried about my grandkids because they’re 7 and 10 and I would like to have them vaccinated,” said Farritor. “I’m concerned with the new variant, obviously. There’s an uptick and I’m worried about them and I’m worried about all of our youth. It’s been a very difficult time. I think the more people that are vaccinated, the less we’re going to see this issue.”

Pfizer is the only vaccine available for ages 12 and up.
But the company is planning trials on younger age groups 6 to 12. If that goes well, they will study on those as young as six months later this year.

Moderna has filed for emergency use authorization for its vaccine for ages 12 and up.
Moderna is also planning trials for those 6 to 12 years old.

Johnson and Johnson began trials for ages 12 to 17 back in April.

“My boys are over 12, so they’re vaccinated,” said Julie. “I am worried about them going back to school, especially for the elementary kids who are not old enough to be vaccinated. With masks being an optional thing, the masks worked last year. It helped stop the spread and I wish we’d put the masks back on.”

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