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Corona prick has the most effect for a child with a condition, says MEB

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Corona vaccination would have the greatest effect for young children with underlying conditions, says Ton de Boer of the MEB drug authority. He points out that children who, for example, suffer from cancer, diabetes or heart disease are more at risk of becoming seriously ill if they become infected with the corona virus.

De Boer does not comment on the question of whether or not the Netherlands should choose to vaccinate children between the ages of 5 and 12 against the virus. “The minister decides on the deployment, on the advice of the Health Council,” says De Boer. The possibility to vaccinate children from 5 years old has come a step closer on Thursday, thanks to the positive assessment of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The European body is convinced of the safety and efficacy of Pfizer/BioNTech’s corona vaccine.

The general opinion of EMA, which also includes the Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board, is that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks of side effects. De Boer emphasizes that the assessment purely looked at the results of the research into the vaccine. Ethical questions, such as whether children who themselves are at low risk of the virus should be vaccinated in order to contain the virus, are not addressed in EMA’s advice. That is the domain of the Health Council, which is still working on an advice to the cabinet. The MEB chairman does mention that it is important to consider the benefits of vaccinating children.

Most children who become infected with the corona virus only have mild complaints, the drug authority repeats. “In rare cases, children can get severe Covid-19.”

The study mainly revealed relatively harmless side effects, such as pain around the puncture site, headache and fatigue. More serious side effects rarely seen in adolescents and adults, such as inflammation of the heart muscle, have not occurred. “But you cannot rule out the possibility that they may occur,” says De Boer. Incidentally, these types of inflammation usually go away on their own and most patients recover well.



Corona prick has the most effect for a child with a condition, says MEB
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