The Corona vaccine is being offered to millions of children, including those aged 16-17 and at-risk aged 12-15, however, healthy children aged 12-15 and younger are not given an injection, according to a report. Net “BBC“.
Who are the children receiving the vaccine?
All children aged 16-17 years are offered a first dose, with the goal of getting a second dose at a later time, and those aged 12-15 years are eligible for two doses if they are at higher risk for:
- Severe neurological impairment (which can include cerebral palsy, autism or epilepsy)
- Down’s syndrome
- Severely weakened immune system, including in some children with cancer
- Deep and multiple learning difficulties
The British Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization said:JCVI) Now that another 200,000 children in this age group who suffer from chronic diseases of the heart, lung and liver must be given two doses.
Children of the same age who live with people with weakened immune systems can also be vaccinated, in order to protect family members.
The Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization says:JCVI) It does not recommend vaccinating healthy children aged 12 to 15 for health reasons only, and says children are at such low risk of contracting the virus that vaccination will provide them with only a “marginal gain”.
But she said the government must consider broader issues before making a final decision, including the impact of school disruption. Ministers across the UK have asked senior medical officials to launch an investigation.
What vaccine will children receive?
A vaccine is currently being administered Pfizer Under the age of 18, although the vaccine Moderna Also licensed for use in children in the UK, no medication is completely safe and they all balance risks and benefits.
The vaccine has been linked to very rare cases of inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis) and of the sac in which the heart beats (pericarditis), with this being found to be more common in younger men and after a second dose.
But the European Medicines Agency – which approves vaccines for the European Union – says there have been one to two cases for every million people given the vaccine, with nearly everyone having recovered.
Many countries have already decided to vaccinate children over 12 years old – including Canada and Brazil.
The European Union approved the Pfizer vaccine for those over 12 in May – after a study found a similar immune response in people aged 12-15 as in children aged 16-25. It is the same common side effect as headache.
The United States also recommends that all people over 12 years of age be vaccinated, citing a rare but serious disease (multisystem inflammatory syndrome) that can occur after infection with the coronavirus.
China also aims to vaccinate all children between the ages of 12 and 17 by next October.