how countries regulate for the age group 12-17 years-

from Laura Cuppini

Covid mRna vaccines are also administered to the 12-15 age group, initially only with Pfizer / BioNTech, then from the end of July also Moderna. But not all countries have the same rules

At the end of May the anti Covid vaccination was extended to the 12-15 year range, initially only with the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, then from the end of July, also with the other mRna vaccine, the one produced by Moderna. Viral vector vaccines, on the other hand, remain authorized for ages 18 and up.

On coverage of over 12, for whom parental consent is generally required (except in Switzerland), not all countries have regulated themselves in the same way. Let’s see the differences.

In Europe the Medicines Agency (Mom) approved 4 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and J&J), of which Pfizer and Moderna also for the 12-17 age group. Each Member State then made a decision through the National Medicines Agency. Almost all European countries have started vaccinating over 12s, withexception of Denmark and Sweden.

The highest percentage of the Belgium (22.5% of 12-17 year olds vaccinated with at least one dose), followed by France (18.9%) yes Malta (18.8%). Me too’Italy well placed, with 16%. Spain at 15.5%. In Italy, the Aifa (Medicines Agency) has approved both Pfizer and Moderna for 12-17 year olds. In Germany, after an initial perplexity, the Stiko (Permanent Commission on Vaccines) recommended vaccination a few days ago for all subjects aged 12 and over (and they are not those at the highest risk for Covid, as it had initially established). To date, 18.2% of 12-17 year olds in Germany have received the two doses of the vaccine.

The situation of the Great Britain, where vaccination is recommended for the entire population aged 16 and over (Pfizer and Moderna are available for those under 18). As for the age group 12-15 years London has chosen a different path: vaccination indicated only for fragile children or those who live in contact with people who have a high risk of complications or death from Covid (subjects with HIV, transplants, cancer patients who follow specific treatments, Lupus or rheumatoid arthritis). The 12-15 year olds considered by the British health authorities to be at risk for Covid (and therefore can be vaccinated) are those with nervous system disorders such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disorders, conditions that make them more likely to contract infections ( genetic pathologies or some cancers). In Britain so far 124,600 under 18s have received two doses of the vaccine.

In the United States for the over 12 only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized (two days the FDA has definitively approved it and therefore no longer emergency, but from 16 years upwards). Moderna can be used for ages 18 and up. The Cdc (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), a US public health body, recommend vaccination for the entire population aged 12 and over, without exception. In the US, 3.3 percent of American 12-15 year-olds and 2.1 percent of 16-17 year-olds have received a full cycle to date.

August 25, 2021 (change August 25, 2021 | 07:17)


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