‘The aim is to protect the most vulnerable, those at highest risk of serious illness and death’
World Health Organization lead scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Tuesday that there is no evidence that healthy children and adolescents need a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Speaking at a news briefing, she said that while the immunity of the vaccine against the fast-spreading Omicron version of the coronavirus has decreased over time, more research needs to be done to find out if a booster dose is needed. Who is it?
“Right now there’s no evidence that healthy kids or heavy teens need boosters. No evidence,” she said.
Israel has started giving boosters to children under the age of 12, and the US State’s Food and Drug Administration earlier this month approved the use of the third dose of Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for children 12 to 15 years old. has authorized.
Last week Germany became the latest country to recommend that all children aged 12 to 17 receive a COVID-19 booster shot. Hungary has done the same.
Swaminathan said the WHO’s apex group of experts would meet later this week to consider the specific question of how countries should consider giving boosters to their populations.
“The aim is to protect the most vulnerable, those at highest risk of serious illness and dying. They are our elderly population, immune-compromised people with underlying conditions, but also healthcare workers,” she said .
(Reporting by Mrinalika Roy and Manas Mishra Editing by Mark Heinrich)