Experts answer frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines

We're one month away from President Biden's stated goal of 70% of American adults having at least one vaccine dose.

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – We’re now one month away from President Joe Biden’s stated goal of 70% of American adults having at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Experts have answers to some of the most common questions surrounding vaccines:

Are teenagers immune from COVID-19?

“The CDC observed troubling data regarding the hospitalizations of adolescents with COVID-19,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. “More concerning were the number of adolescents admitted to the hospital who required treatment in the intensive care unit with mechanical ventilation.”

Should I wear a mask if I’m vaccinated?

Researchers reported in the medical journal JAMA Network Open that even with a majority of the population vaccinated, the removal of precautions could lead to an increase in virus spread. They found Coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths would continue to rise if school closures, social distancing and mask-wearing precautions were lifted while vaccines were being rolled out.

That said, the CDC announced last month that it is safe for fully vaccinated people to go maskless in most social situations.

When will young children be able to get the vaccine?

“We are now doing studies that are ongoing as we’re speaking,” Chief Medical Adviser to President Biden Dr. Anthony Fauci said. “Studies that are looking at we call age deescalation, children from 12 to 9 and the 9 to 6 and then 6 to 2 and then six months to two years. We hope that as we approach the end of this calendar year, we’ll have enough information to vaccinate children of any age. So I’m cautiously optimistic we might be there by the end of the year.”

As of Friday, June 4, the CDC reported 63% of American adults have received at least one COVID-19 dose.

If you’re still unsure if you should get the vaccine, talk to your doctor about what’s best for you so you can make an informed decision.

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