Around half a million children in the UK will be eligible for the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Monday, according to the National Health Service Expanding vaccination coverage for children aged 5 to 11 years who are considered the most at risk when contracting virus.
Children who are considered clinically vulnerable, or who live with someone with a weakened immune system, will be given a low-dose form of the drug. Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in two shots, spaced eight weeks apart.
Pfizer pediatric vaccine formulation contains one-third of the adult dose and is acceptance by the British Medicines Regulatory Authority last month.
Britain in December 2020 became the first country in the world start a mass coronavirus vaccination campaign, but the expansion of the children’s program has taken place at a slower pace. It started to give the first dose to children aged 12 to 15 years in Last September and authorities have yet to make any decisions about when all children aged 5 to 11 will be eligible for the first dose.
As of November 2021, the United States has fully immunized more than five million children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old. Concerned health professionals Immunization rates for children have stagnated.
The number of children in the UK testing positive for coronavirus increased from the start of this month to the week ending January 22, according to the latest figures from the UK National Statistics Officewith the highest percentage of cases in children aged 2 to 11 years. That happened despite the overall number of cases falling from the UK daily caseload peaked at over 190,000 earlier this month, an increase driven by the Omicron variant.
“We know vaccines offer significant protection against severe illness from Covid – including the Omicron variant, so it’s important that our youngest and most at-risk people are protected. protection,” said NHS England deputy head of vaccine program Dr Nikki Kanani in One New information posted on Sunday.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/30/world/europe/uk-covid-vaccine-vulnerable-children-ages-5-to-11.html UK expands immunization coverage for vulnerable children aged 5 to 11