12:58 p.m., November 25, 2021
the European Medicines Agency EMA has the green light for the use of the corona vaccine from BioNTech and Pfizer Children aged five to eleven given. The responsible EMA committee recommended an extension of the approval on Thursday. The responsible experts spent a good two months reviewing the data on the risks and effectiveness of the vaccine in this age group.
The final decision has yet to be made by the European Commission. But this is a matter of form. So far there has not been a corona vaccine that is approved in the EU for children under the age of twelve.
Now that the approval extension is fixed, it will probably also be a corresponding one Recommendation of the National Vaccination Board (NIG) give in Austria. and now want to complete the evaluation.
Israel and the USA vaccinate children under twelve
In Israel and also the USA Children from five years of age can be vaccinated with the vaccine from BioNTech / Pfizer. In Austria there are so far only so-called off-label vaccinations for children under twelve. Interested parents have to look for a doctor who will vaccinate their offspring.
Wien then took on a pioneering role in November. The city created a way that kids from the age of five can be immunized against Corona – with one third of the adult dose. From November 15th, the first children could be immunized in the Austria Center Vienna, the first appointments were quickly booked out.
The situation in Styria
In Styria, it has been possible to register children for the corona vaccination using the well-known registration tool of the State of Styria since Tuesday. For the time being, two vaccination appointments are planned on December 4th and 5th in the vaccination streets in Graz, Premstätten and Leoben. However, further locations may well be added by then, said Harald Eitner, who is responsible for the vaccination routes in the state of Styria.
Doctors in private practice have already administered the vaccination to children in individual cases, says Eitner. Until now, the respective doctor has borne the risk of this. With the expected recommendation of the EMA, there will be a liability relief for the doctors on the vaccination streets in the future. As of Wednesday afternoon, according to Eitner 837 children registered for vaccination721 of them on vaccination roads, the others with general practitioners.
The situation in Carinthia
There is also in Carinthia currently no possibilityTo make reservations for child vaccinations, state spokesman Gerd Kurath told the APA on Wednesday. Since the system of reservations for vaccinations for adults will be switched to appointment bookings on November 30th, “there is basically nothing to prevent appointment bookings for child vaccinations being possible”. However, he does not know to what extent you can already make a note of yourself with pediatricians.