Following the European drug regulator's approval of the use of Pfizer’s vaccine for children aged 5-11, Hungary is prepared to inoculate this age group against Covid.
On Thursday, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) gave the go-ahead for the vaccination of children between the ages of 5 and 11 using the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid jab. Hungary has enough Pfizer vaccines in stock to organize the inoculation of this age group, and the government has set aside more jabs for the vaccination of children.
Hungary began vaccinating teens aged 16-17 against Covid in May and 56 percent of this age group was now inoculated. Children between the ages of 12 and 15 began receiving the shots a month later, and now have a 36 percent inoculation rate. Parental consent is required for the vaccination of those under the age of 18. Some 6,000 children between the ages of 12 and 17 have received a jab since the start of this week’s national vaccination campaign, with most of them getting their first shot.
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