On Monday, the health ministers of the federal states will discuss how children can be protected from the corona virus when they start school after the summer holidays.
Berlin – At first there was too little vaccine, then, in spring, the campaign * picked up speed. But for a few weeks now, the number of vaccinations against the coronavirus * in Germany has been stagnating again. Creative offers should help. But the vaccination of young adults and especially adolescents and children is also coming back into focus.
Corona protection for children is once again an important issue, right on time for the start of school after the summer holidays in the first federal states. The chairman of the state health ministers, Klaus Holetschek from Bavaria, said on Monday in the ARD Before the heads of department consult with the federal government, it is important to make this offer clear again. “It is now important that we do not lose any time.”
Health ministers meet: Young people should also be vaccinated in vaccination centers
A draft decision paper had already been leaked in advance *. According to the federal proposal, vaccinations for children between the ages of 12 and 17 should also be offered in vaccination centers in all federal states. Advice should also be given about offers for booster vaccinations for the first population groups.
Berlin’s governing mayor Michael Müller endorsed offers for children aged 12 and over. Although the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) is still hesitant here, many doctors and scientists are of the opinion that a vaccination protects young people much better, he said in the ARD. In the capital, it can be seen that the 15 to 25 year olds had an incidence that was twice to four times higher than that of other population groups. To react to this and to make an offer that is not an obligation, he considers “very appropriate”.
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In May, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the vaccine from Biontech / Pfizer * from the age of 12, and a few days ago it was also approved for Moderna *. In Germany, the Stiko has not yet recommended vaccinations in general for children and adolescents, despite political pressure, but only if there is a higher risk of more severe corona courses * – for example due to diseases such as diabetes. However, after medical advice, parents and children can make an individual decision. According to the Federal Ministry of Health, around 900,000 children between the ages of 12 and 17 had been vaccinated by the weekend. (dpa / fmü) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA