WHO Update: Children below 12 years old should not be vaccinated with COVD-19 vaccine
More evidence is needed on the use of the different COVID-19 vaccines in children to make general recommendations on vaccinating children against COVID-19, said an article published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on June 22, 2021.
The World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) said the Pfizer/BionTech vaccine is suitable for use by kids aged 12 years and above. Children aged between 12 and 15 who are at high risk may be offered this vaccine alongside other priority groups for vaccination.
WHO said that the vaccine trials for children are ongoing, and there will be updates. However, the health organization did not say if adult vaccine trials have been fully completed, safe, nor can these companies guarantee no side effects.
Except for FDA-approved children’s vaccines such as polio and measles, these have been proven safe for decades. WHO said kids should continue their booster shots for these vaccinations.
More evidence needed on COVID-19 vaccines in children.
Who should get vaccinated says World Health Organization?
The COVID-19 vaccines are safe for most people 18 years and above. WHO said they can take the vaccine even if they have pre-existing conditions of any kind, including auto-immune disorders.
WHO also said it is safe for people to take it even if they have hypertension, diabetes, asthma, pulmonary, liver, kidney disease, and chronic infections that are stable and controlled.
If kids shouldn’t be vaccinated, is it 100% safe for adults?
If there is not enough studies to confirm Coronavirus vaccine safety for children, does it mean there are studies to confirm it won’t have side-effects for adults? Both WHO and FDA have not released a statement on guranteed-safety, at least not yet.