The Dutch well being council Gezondheidsraad has recommended vaccinating children aged 12 to 17 in opposition to coronavirus utilizing the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
The council earlier really helpful vaccinating youngsters with well being points, and now says that together with all youngsters within the programme could be each helpful and accountable.
Well being minister Hugo de Jonge, the federal government’s Outbreak Administration Crew and the Dutch paediatricians’ affiliation have additionally stated 12 to 17 12 months olds could be safely vaccinated. De Jonge had requested the council to take a look at the moral and authorized features of vaccinating teenagers particularly.
‘Covid-19 infections in youngsters and adolescents are normally gentle however may cause them issues,’ the well being council stated. ‘In uncommon circumstances, for instance, it will possibly result in MIS-C, a critical inflammatory response which requires admission to hospital or intensive care.’
As well as, vaccination may have an oblique impact in that faculty closures and sophistication quarantine will probably be much less seemingly, the council stated. ‘It’s going to additionally contribute to halting a doable flare up within the winter and scale back the affect on adults.’
Whereas some potential unwanted side effects have been reported, these are usually gentle and are presently being checked out by the European Medicines Company, the council stated.
‘To make sure that adolescents could make a voluntary and well-informed alternative, it will be significant that accessible, comprehensible and age-appropriate info is on the market in regards to the benefits and downsides of vaccination in opposition to COVID-19,’ the well being council stated.
De Jonge will give his remaining place on the difficulty on Wednesday and description how the vaccination programme will work.
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