Germany will begin offering coronavirus shots to children over the age of 12 from June 7, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.
But he stressed that vaccination would not be mandatory and would have no influence on himself children you can attend school or go on vacation.
The European Medicines Agency is expected to approve the COVID Pfizer / BioNTech jab for young people aged 12 to 15 on Friday. It is already authorized in the EU for those over 16 years of age.
“Children and young people from the age of 12 you will have the opportunity to book a vaccination appointment from June 7, ”Merkel said after talks with Germany’s regional leaders.
Those who want to will be offered at least the first of his two photos in late August, he added, about in time for the new school year.
“The main message for parents is: there will be no mandatory vaccinations,” Merkel told reporters.
Schools would not require vaccination of students, he said. “And it would be totally wrong to think that you can only go on vacation with a vaccinated child.”
Inoculation of children is seen as a key step in achieving herd immunity in the fight against the pandemic.
Canada and the United States have already begun vaccinating those over 12 years of age.
But experts have also expressed reservations, noting that children rarely suffer from severe COVID and that the supply of vaccines is still low.
Merkel urged patience, saying not everyone would get an appointment for her son immediately.
“It’s not over”
German vaccine regulator STIKO should give its recommendations for over-12s shortly after the Pfizer punch is approved.
The agency has already indicated that it intends to recommend the jab only to children in at-risk categories, such as those with subjection. medical conditions.
All people over the age of 12 will still be allowed to receive punctures independently, similar to the AstraZeneca vaccine which is officially recommended only for people over 60 in Germany, but is open to anyone who has consulted their doctor.
After a slow start to criticism, the coronavirus inoculation campaign in Europe’s top economy has been launched in recent weeks.
More than 40 percent of adults have received the first punch and 15 percent are completely vaccinated.
The accelerated pace, along with rapid tests and widespread stops, have helped break a third coronavirus allowed Germany to relax restrictions.
“This is a great success,” Merkel said. But he urged Germans not to dispense with precautions such as social distancing, the use of masks and the ventilation of rooms.
“The pandemic is not over.”
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