EMA will decide on vaccine for children on Thursday

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is expected to make a decision on Thursday on the approval of the corona vaccine from the manufacturers Biontech / Pfizer for children from the age of five. The responsible experts would deal with it in a specially scheduled meeting, the EMA announced on Tuesday in Amsterdam. So far there is no corona vaccine that is approved in the EU for children under twelve years of age.

So far, approval was expected for Wednesday. If the EMA experts give the green light, the EU Commission has yet to give its official approval. But this is a matter of form.

So far, the vaccine from Pfizer and Biontech has only been approved in the EU for people aged twelve and over. But in Israel and also in the USA, children from the age of five can be vaccinated with it.

“Off-label” vaccination

In Austria, however, five to eleven year olds can already receive the corona vaccination “off-label”. Interested parents have to look for a doctor who will vaccinate their offspring. Since last week, Vienna has also had its own vaccination line for children between the ages of five and eleven in the Austria Center. This is also an “off-label” application.

In Lower Austria, parents can pre-register their under twelve-year-olds in view of the expected early approval for a corona vaccination. Preparations for an early start of child vaccination have also started in Upper Austria, parents can reserve their offspring.

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