American adults have a third vaccination available, as the Johnson & Johnson single-shot version is now approved, and their elementary school-aged children are in line, too.
Those kids, at the end of the list for vaccine urgency, could have the opportunity late this year, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci.
“If you project realistically, when we will be able to get enough data to be able to say that elementary school children will be able to be vaccinated, I would think that would be, at the earliest, the end of the year, and very likely the first quarter of 2022,” Fauci told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
The government’s leading epidemiologist said safety studies on those immunizations for young children continue.
If the timeline remains in place, high school students will receive vaccinations by the end of fall this year.
On Saturday, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine gained FDA approval after a government advisory committee voted unanimously Friday to recommend authorization.
The vaccine is expected to begin rolling out in the U.S. next week.
Two vaccines, Johnson & Johnson’s and Moderna’s, are approved for adults 18 and older.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved for 16-year-olds and up, with restrictions for those who meet certain criteria, such as underlying medical conditions.
On “Meet the Press,” Fauci didn’t endorse one over the others, advising viewers to receive any of the options.
“All three of them are really quite good, and people should take the one that’s most available to them. If you go to a place and you have J&J, and that’s the one that’s available now, I would take it,” Fauci said.
The Centers for Disease Control reported more than 72 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the U.S.