The Chief Epidemiologist has decided to offer children aged 5-11 vaccinations against COVID-19, stating that this decision is comparable to what is being done in surrounding countries such as Denmark, Ireland, Austria, the US, Canada and Israel. The vaccinations will likely take place in schools, not mass vaccination centres such as the Laugardalshöll arena.
IN a notice to the public, the Chief Epidemiologist gives the following reasons to vaccinate this age group and cites the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. COVID-19 can cause serious illness in children in this age group, with 0.6% of infected children requiring hospitalisation and a 0.006% fatality rate. Vaccinations’ effectiveness in preventing infection in this age group is around 90%. Vaccinating children diminishes the likelihood of long Covid, as well as minimising interruption of children’s studies and social life, and their parents’ work. Finally, the Chief Epidemiologist states that widespread vaccinations of children diminish the likelihood of them carrying infections to their families and at-risk individuals.
Children’s vaccinations will begin in the new year and further information will be released later. Children in this age group will be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccinations will likely take place in schools but all preparations will be done in cooperation with healthcare clinics, school authorities, the Children’s Ombudsman and the Data Protection Authority.