According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) top scientist Soumya Swaminathan, there is no indication that healthy children and adolescents need booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine at this time.
She added at a press conference that while vaccine immunity against the fast-spreading Omicron strain of the coronavirus appears to be fading with time, further research is needed to determine who requires booster doses.
“There is no evidence right now that healthy children or heavy adolescents need boosters. No evidence at all,” she said.
The United States Food and Drug Administration earlier this month approved the use of a third dosage of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 15, and Israel has begun delivering boosters to children as young as 12.
Germany became the latest government to suggest that all children aged 12 to 17 get a COVID-19 booster dose last week. Hungary has done the same.
Swaminathan said the WHO’s top 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, to protect those at highest risk of severe disease and death. Those are our elderly populations, immuno-compromised people with underlying conditions, but also healthcare workers,” she said.
Source: Opemsuo.com/ Emmanuel Owusu Anti