Kids aged 12-15 to be provided a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Kids aged 12 to fifteen years are to be provided a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine in a bid to cut back an infection charges amongst this age group.

The transfer follows a suggestion by the Nationwide Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac), which has been accepted by Minister for Well being Stephen Donnelly.

The go-ahead was given by Niac regardless of the dearth of authorisation by the European Medicines Company for boosters doses for this age group.

The EMA is at the moment assessing an software by Pfizer/BioNTech to be used of its booster vaccine in adolescents from 12 years.

As a result of off-licence use is being allowed in Eire, Mr Donnelly stated particular consideration could be paid to the supply of help and steering data as a part of the knowledgeable consent course of for youngsters and younger folks and their dad and mom.

Niac says a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine ought to be given at an interval of six months or longer after completion of the first vaccine sequence.

The place a toddler within the age group has been contaminated, the booster dose ought to be deferred for not less than six months following the onset of an infection, in keeping with Niac.

“In adults, a booster dose with an mRNA vaccine considerably improves safety in opposition to extreme outcomes, symptomatic ailments and an infection from the Omicron variant of Covid-19,” Mr Donnelly stated.

“Niac have indicated that vaccine efficacy in opposition to symptomatic an infection and hospitalisation was restored to 60-75 per cent and 90 per cent, respectively, two to 4 weeks after administration of a booster within the grownup inhabitants.

Mr Donnelly cited proof from Israel’s booster programme displaying a big discount within the confirmed charge of an infection in kids and younger folks aged 12-15 years following the booster dose in comparison with these of the identical age who had been vaccinated with the first sequence 5 to 6 months earlier.

“The advantages of vaccination – the prevention of significant sickness and dying are clear. Nevertheless, the discount in charge of an infection is necessary as Eire removes among the final public well being restrictions in place.

The Minister stated the Division of Well being and the HSE will now work to operationalise the change. The supply of boosters to 12-15-year-olds is predicted to start quickly, as vaccination centres are at the moment experiencing low ranges of demand.

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