A Germany will expand the campaign vaccination against covid-19 to the over 12 years, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, after a controversial debate in recent days across the country.
Teenagers will be able to make an appointment to be vaccinated from June 7, when the phase that prioritizes older people, people with chronic illnesses and those with more exposed professions is over, said the chancellor after a videoconference with heads of government regional.
By the end of the summer, all people over the age of 12 should be vaccinated, the chancellor reaffirmed.
This program is only pending approval by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) of the immunizer for young people aged 12 to 15 years developed by Pfizer / BioNTech, which is already being used widely in the United States.
The European regulator will announce its decision on Friday.
So far, the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine is authorized for people over 16 years of age.
Due to the limited supply of vaccines, “this group will not be able to obtain an appointment in the short term,” warned Merkel.
Germany will need about 6.4 million doses to vaccinate teenagers, with the proviso that they wish to do so, according to the Ministry of Health’s forecasts.
The German Vaccination Commission (Stiko), which has yet to give its recommendation in this regard, raised doubts about this new phase, as it considers that there is insufficient data on the risk of side effects, which has caused the indignation of some regional authorities.
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