Taoiseach Micheál Martin has stated that he finds no issue with the principle of vaccinating young children against Covid-19 once it’s in line with public health guidance.
However, Martin stated that the low level of vaccinations in developing countries would have to be taken into account as part of any consideration on the issue.
Martin’s remarks come as Pfizer and BioNTech confirmed that their vaccine was safe for use in children aged 5 to 11 years old.
A large-scale trial found strong antibody responses, findings of which may bring about the vaccinating of primary school children within months.
In the United States, the vaccinating of children aged 5 to 11 could begin as soon as the end of October.
In order for this age group to be vaccinated in Ireland, it would require approval from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee.
Martin stated, “Public health will have to weigh up the benefits for the child in respect of receiving the vaccine, as opposed to the risks to the child.”
“So that will have to be a public health and clinical issue that would be assessed in the first instance by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee and by the public health officials, particularly the Chief Medical Officer.”
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