Sumary of Vaccinating adults more urgent than children: WHO:
- ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan vaccinates over six million children, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it is less urgent to vaccinate youngsters than the elderly.
- Although a majority of the vaccines have only been approved for administration to adults aged 18 years and above, an increasing number of the shots are now being authorised for children.
- Official says ample quantity of vaccine available Earlier this month, a stringent regulatory authority approved the Pfizer vaccine for children aged five to 11 years.
- Trials in children as young as three years old were completed for two inactivated vaccines (Sinovac-CoronaVac and BBIBP-CorV) and they were approved by Chinese authorities for children aged three to 17 years;
- although these vaccines have received EUL for adults, they have not yet been approved for children.
- As children and adolescents tend to have milder disease compared to adults, unless they are in a group at higher risk of severe Covid-19, it is less urgent to vaccinate them than older people, those with chronic health conditions and health workers,” it added.
- “There are benefits of vaccinating children and adolescents that go beyond the direct health benefits.
- Minimising disruptions to education for children and maintenance of their overall well-being, health and safety are important considerations.