Canada has allowed youngsters as younger as 12 to obtain the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. The corporate mentioned the transfer will assist shield them earlier than the subsequent college yr begins.
The evaluation of medical information has proven that the Pfizer vaccine is “protected and efficient” for youthful youngsters, Supriya Sharma, a chief medical adviser to Well being Canada, the federal government’s medical company, advised reporters.
Sharma mentioned that, whereas youthful individuals are typically much less prone to have extreme instances of Covid-19, giving them the vaccine will assist cut back the chance of infecting their members of the family and associates, and permit a return to “a extra regular life” amid the pandemic. She added that the most typical unwanted effects for youngsters are delicate and non permanent, like “a sore arm, chills or fever.”
Canada beforehand solely allowed individuals aged 16 and older to be vaccinated. The choice to decrease the bar to 12 was made after a Pfizer trial confirmed that the vaccine was 100% efficient for adolescents and triggered “strong antibody responses.” The trial was performed within the US and concerned 2,260 individuals aged 12 to fifteen.
Pfizer’s chief vaccines officer in Canada, Fabien Paquette, mentioned that together with youngsters aged 12-15 in this system will assist shield them earlier than the beginning of the subsequent college yr.
A Pfizer spokesperson advised Canadian media that Canada is the second nation, after Algeria, to permit youngsters aged 12 and older to obtain its vaccine.
The minimal age for Covid-19 vaccination within the US is 16, in line with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC). The minimal age for individuals who can obtain a Pfizer vaccine within the UK can be 16.
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