A handful of EU countries start vaccinating children under 12 – The New Indian Express
ATHENS: Greece and a handful of other members of the European Union on Wednesday began immunizing children aged 5 to 11 against COVID-19 as governments prepare for the holiday season and the spread of the omicron variant.
Italy, Spain and Hungary were also among the countries that have extended the vaccination program to young children, with national agencies officially backing the European regulator’s approval last month of the reduced-dose vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech. .
A children’s hospital in Athens administered its first vaccines early Wednesday, hours after authorities announced the highest daily death toll in Greece, at 130, since the start of the pandemic.
More than 30,000 vaccination appointments for children under 12 have been booked by Greek parents, including Education Minister Niki Kerameus.
“I will not hide that on a personal level, after talking to doctors and receiving scientific data, our family decided to vaccinate our five-and-a-half-year-old son,” Kerameus said in an online briefing.
A two-month rise in infections across Europe eased slightly in early December, but the appearance of the omicron variant added to the uncertainty even though scientists are unsure how dangerous it is.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said on Tuesday it expects omicron to dominate infections in the EU in the coming months.
He suggested that governments consider travel restrictions and continue with vaccination campaigns and the distribution of booster vaccines.