The Pfizer / BioNTech corona vaccine may from now on also be administered to 12-year-olds. The European Commission follows the positive advice that the European regulator already gave on Friday.
The vaccine, which has become increasingly crucial for the European Union due to setbacks from competitors, was already approved for people from 16 years of age. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) ruled on Friday that it is also safe for young people from the age of twelve.
It is the first time that a corona vaccine can be used for this age group. Young people usually do not become seriously ill from the coronavirus. But they often meet a lot of people and can therefore pass on the virus a lot. As a result, experts are now increasingly pushing for the vaccination of young people.
“Member states can now choose to extend their vaccination campaign to young people,” tweeted European Commissioner Stella Kyriakides (Health).
Germany has already announced that it wants to start jabbing vulnerable children aged 12 and older next week. The cabinet has not yet decided whether the Netherlands will also start working on it. The Health Council is working on an advisory report on this.