Vaccine certified safe for children

25.11.2021 - 15:21
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Following approval at the European level, the Icelandic Medicines agency is likely to approve the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11 before the end of today.

This is confirmed by Rúna Hauksdóttir Hvannberg, the director of Lyfjastofnun (the medicines agency).

The European Medicines Agency approved the use of the vaccine for 5-11-year-olds this morning and it is expected to receive its marketing licence from the European Union today.

Rúna says it will then be up to the Icelandic health authorities to decide if and when to offer the vaccine to children.

It is expected that children will receive two injections, just like adults and teenagers, but that they will be 10 microgrammes instead of 30.

369 children aged 6-12 are currently in isolation with active infection in Iceland, which is more than any other age group.

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Alexander Elliott
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