Spain will begin to vaccinate children from 5 to 11 years old against the Covid from December 15. The Public Health Commission has approved on Tuesday the expansion of vaccination in this age range at a meeting that still continues. As long as the Minister Carolina Darias has advanced, the autonomous communities will be responsible for deciding the concrete modality for the administration of vaccines.
On November 25, 2021, the Medicines Committee for the European Medicine Agency agreed, unanimously of its members, recommending the authorization of the COMIRNATY vaccine 10 μg of Pfizer for children of 5-11 years of age.
Yes. The dose that children will receive is a third of which has been administered in adults.
Yes. As in the older group, it is administered in two injections in the muscles of the upper arm. It is expected that, in the case of children, the administration of the second dose be carried out eight weeks after the first puncture, reports Laura G. Ibañes.
According to data from the Vaccine Commission of the Spanish Association of Pediatrics, the approval decision of the drug is based on a study conducted in children aged 5 to 11 who showed that the immune response at a dose of 10 μg of Comirnaty in this group of age, it was comparable to that observed with the highest dose (30 μg) at 16 to 25 years (measured by the level of antibodies against SARS-COV-2). In this study, the vaccine had an effectiveness of 90.7 ·% (95% CI: 67.7% to 98.3%) in the prevention of symptomatic infection.
The most common side effects in children from 5 to 11 years old are similar to those of people aged 12 or older. They include pain in the place of injection, fatigue, headache, redness and swelling at the place of injection, muscle pain and chills. These effects are usually mild or moderate and improve within a few days of vaccination.
According to this morning, the Minister Carolina Darias has advanced, which was in Brussels at the Epsco meeting, which concentrates the European Ministers of Health, will be the Autonomous Communities in charge of deciding the concrete modality for the administration of vaccines, in centers Sanitarians, in mass vaccination centers or in school centers.
The vaccination campaign in children is scheduled to begin on December 13, which will receive the first doses of the drug, as initially announced the Minister Darias last week after the Interiorritorial Health Council held in Córdoba. Effective administration would begin as of December 15. Spain will receive 1.3 million childhood vaccines in December and another 2 million vaccines in January. It is estimated that in Spain there are 3.2 million children in Spain in the fringe of 5 to 11 years.Date Of Update: 07 December 2021, 07:50