Corona Virus: Which countries give the vaccine to children? Did...

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A child gets a shot of the vaccine in Dublin

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A teenager receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Dublin, Ireland

Britain plans to vaccinate children aged 12 to 15 with a dose of the Corona vaccine, on the advice of the country’s top health officials.

Officials had recommended that young people should be vaccinated with a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Some other countries have been vaccinating younger adolescents for some time, but methods differ.

What is happening in Europe?

In May, the European Medicines Agency agreed to immunize children aged 12 to 15 with the Pfizer vaccine, and since then, various countries within the European Union have moved at uneven pace.

Denmark was able to vaccinate children (12 to 15 years of age), as well as Spain (ages 12 to 19) with at least one dose of the vaccine.

France has also moved at a rapid pace, providing about 66 percent of those aged 12-17 with a single dose of the vaccine, and 52 percent have had them fully vaccinated, and by October, it will include the country’s health card, or The Health Pass, under the age of 18, means that all teens will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test result, as a requirement to enter places such as cinemas, museums, restaurants and closed shopping malls.

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Some other countries have been vaccinating younger adolescents for some time, but methods differ

And in Germany, scientific advisors recommended last June that the vaccine should be provided only to children between the ages of 12 and 15 years, and they suffer from health problems. However, in August, after the delta mutator began to spread more widely, the country made way for everyone over the age of 12 to be vaccinated.

In Sweden, health authorities provide the vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 years only if they suffer from lung disease, severe asthma or another very serious medical condition.

As for Norway, which is not a member of the European Union, it recently agreed to vaccinate children between the ages of 12 and 15, with only a first dose, with a decision on a second dose at a later time.

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A teenage girl receives a dose of the Covid vaccine with her mother in a hospital in the Spanish capital, Madrid

United States – some mandatory vaccinations

US and Canadian regulators were the first to approve the Pfizer vaccine for children 12 years of age and older, and implementation began immediately in regions across the United States in two doses three weeks apart.

By the end of July, 42 percent of people aged 12 to 17 had received their first dose, and 32 percent had received their second dose of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

The drive to vaccinate children came at a time when the United States was beginning to combat an increase in infections caused by the delta mutant.

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Pfizer has begun testing the Corona vaccine on young children, and preliminary results are expected in September

And the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the number of children hospitalized for treatment with Covid was between 3.4 and 3.7 times higher in US states with lower vaccination coverage.

A few US school boards have voted to make vaccination mandatory for children 12 and older as a requirement to attend class, despite objections from some parents.

In Los Angeles, it covers more than 600,000 students, while in New York, employees, not students, will have to be vaccinated.

Pfizer has also begun testing the Covid vaccine on young children, and the first results are expected for those aged 5 to 11 years, in September, likely to be followed by the results of a vaccine test for infants aged six months to four years. by the end of the year.

US President Joe Biden has already indicated that providing vaccines to this younger age group may be “soon” after regulators review clinical data.

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A teenage girl got a shot of the vaccine in north London

China – approved a dose for children from three years old

In June, China began allowing some children, aged 3 to 17, to be vaccinated with the Sinovac Pharmaceutical Company vaccine, making it the first country to agree to vaccinate such a young age group.

The country had set a goal of vaccinating 80 percent of its 1.4 billion people by the end of the year, a figure that would be impossible to achieve without vaccinating large numbers of children under 18.

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Students in the Chinese city of Nanjing queue to receive a dose of the Covid vaccine at Chunghwa High School

In theory, the Covid vaccine is optional in China, although some local governments have said that students will not be allowed to return to school this term unless their entire family gets the vaccine.

Sinovac vaccine is widely used in many countries of Asia, Africa and South America.

In Chile, authorities have already approved the vaccine for use in children aged six and over, while Sinovac recently began conducting clinical trials to test its vaccine on South African children aged six months to 17 years.

India – vaccinate adults first

India is believed to have the largest number of adolescents in the world, and UNICEF estimates their number at about 253 million, and the latest data from a national serology survey indicates that about 60 percent of children have been infected with the Corona virus since the beginning of the epidemic, and they are likely to acquire some immunity as a result previous infection.

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The Indian pharmaceutical company, “Zydus Cadila”, has developed a Covid vaccine without a traditional syringe

And in August, the country’s Medicines Regulatory Authority approved the emergency use of a new vaccine developed by the local pharmaceutical company “Zaydos Cadila”, without a traditional injection, for all people aged 12 years and over, which is the first approval that includes children, and the vaccine must be given Currently in three separate doses, the company said it hopes to soon begin trials in younger children two years and older.

Government scientific advisers said the vaccination of children aged 12-17 with serious health conditions could start as early as October, but the move would only be rolled out more widely after India’s scheduled adult vaccination program is completed. Currently at the end of the year.

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