Pfizer and Moderna are testing the coronavirus vaccine on children up to six months of age. Pediatrician Astrid Rojahn believes that children should receive the vaccine in Norway.
The National Institute of Public Health (FHI) is now considering whether children should be vaccinated. Today, no healthy person under the age of 18 is offered a corona vaccine.
“We may reach a conclusion in June,” FHI’s Preben Aavitsland told newspaper Aftenposten.
Then the government must take a position on the issue. An important reason why children have not received the vaccine is that they face a small exposure to serious illness as a result of COVID-19.
“The purpose of vaccination is primarily to protect those who are vaccinated,” Aavitsland said.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is considering approving the Pfizer vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15. Astrid Rojahn, a pediatrician at Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål, is positive about the idea. She only sees benefits in having children vaccinated as well.
“In the beginning, it seemed that children played a very small role as spreaders of infection. That has changed with the mutated viruses. Unfortunately, we now see that children can also spread infection,” she noted.
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