German paediatricians have reservations about vaccinating children and adolescents against mass vaccinations in this group, German media reported Tuesday.
Thomas Fischbach, president of the German Association of PaediatricIans, argues that mass vaccinations in vaccination centres or schools can be counterproductive – most importantly, to provide trusted medical advice.
Fischbach said in an interview with the media the same day, although the world has millions of people safely vaccinated, and children and adolescents have no different immune system than adults, but “there can never be zero risk”, so the group’s legal guardian must be carried out with risk assessment.
At present, German federal states hope to develop vaccination programmes for adolescents within the next three weeks. According to German Federal Minister of Health Schpan, vaccinations should be provided to German 12- to 18-year-olds by the end of the summer holidays.
The North Rhine-Westphalia Family Physicians Association also called for consideration of vaccines for children and adolescents as soon as possible because “our patients, their parents and grandparents are waiting for this moment.” ”
Germany’s federal education minister, Anya Karicek, is equally confident. If a Coronavirus vaccine for that age group can be approved in the coming weeks, Germany is expected to provide vaccinations to all adolescents over the age of 12 in the summer, she said. Karicek also expects family travel to resume this summer, even a trip abroad, “by which time most of us will have been vaccinated.”
And the coronavirus test can also play a positive role in the pandemic prevention situation. However, she stressed that schools, especially primary schools, must continue to conduct virus testing after the summer holidays.