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Health watchdog calls for limits on child bites against Covid – RT World News

Children aged five to 11 should only be vaccinated against Covid-19 if there is a ‘high risk’ of serious infection for them or someone close to them, the watchdog said. health of Finland.

Vaccination of all children aged five to 11 cannot be recommended until more information is available on the safety of vaccination for this age group, including rare side effects. The Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL) said in a statement last week, adding that relevant government decrees should be amended before a general vaccination campaign for young children can be launched.

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So far, only those who face an acute risk of serious infection or who have “severely immunocompromised ‘ within their inner circle should get a jab, the THL said. He added that a vaccination campaign for children could start early next year provided sufficient evidence of the safety of the vaccines is present.

“The main reason THL does not recommend vaccination for all children aged 5 to 11 is their own low incidence of the disease. Infection in children of this age is usually mild and severe symptoms are very rare, compared to other diseases that have been prevented by vaccination ”, said Hanna Nohynek, chief medical officer of THL.

The health watchdog believes that vaccination of children “does not significantly slow down the epidemic” in its current form. “If a company wants to influence the course of the epidemic by immunizing children, and… the benefits are small, the safety information is even more important,” Nohynek explained.

In Finland, around 5% of children aged five to 11 had been diagnosed with Covid-19 by the end of November 2021. Only 33 children have been treated in a hospital since the start of the pandemic, THL said, adding that classes treatment lasted only one or two days on average. All vaccinations, including those against Covid-19, are voluntary for children, he added.


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