Covid vaccine for children aged 5-11 approved in the US

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Covid vaccine 5-11 years approved in the USA

With the reopening of schools in September 2022, another surge in infections from Covid-19 was feared, given that children under the age of 12 cannot get vaccinated. But there is good news from the United States: the mRNA vaccine, after passing the tests, has been approved and is ready to be administered to the little ones. Let's find out all about the Covid vaccine 5-11 years approved in the USA

In this article

  • Covid vaccine even for young children
  • When will you start giving the vaccine to children
  • Should young children be vaccinated against Covid?
  • Is the Covid vaccine for children safe?

Covid vaccine even for young children

While the various regions of the country are preparing to administer the third dose, initially to health personnel and categories at risk, good news arrives from the United States: the Covid vaccine it will also be given to children between 5 and 11 years old. The news comes after the confirmation, which took place at the end of September, of the effectiveness of the mRNA vaccines found in children, who have an immune response practically the same as that of adults and children over 12 years of age. 

When will you start giving the vaccine to children

After months of testing and experimentation, which confirmed the mRNA vaccine safety in children between 5 and 11 years, the OK of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States arrives where, if all goes well, the vaccination campaign it should start as early as early November, covering a slice of the population that until now has been excluded from the possibility of vaccinating. This step forward marks a fundamental stage in the fight against Coronavirus, given that children constantly live in collectivity, attending schools and extra-curricular activities. 

In Del Paese le vaccinations for the age group 12-17 they started in the summer, in July, and continue today. We remind you that today, in order to participate in any extra-curricular activity, it is necessary for children to show the Green Pass, while it is not for school attendance. 

It is not yet known the certain date for the start of the administration of the mRNA vaccines for the age group 5-11, but we can speculate that it will shortly follow the US calendar, as it was for the older kids.

Should young children be vaccinated against Covid?

Although the incidence of Covid cases in children was initially underestimated, with the variants and a large part of the adult population vaccinated and especially with the recovery of face-to-face lessons we have returned to discuss the problem of the little ones who, living constantly in contact with each other in closed environments and finding themselves with each other even outside school hours, become a vehicle for transmission and represent a potential danger for spread of the virus. THE vaccines, in fact, they do not guarantee immunità disease but prevent most hospitalizations and deaths. The categories most at risk - which obviously include i elderly grandparents - continue to be exposed to possible contagion precisely through the spread of Covid among the little ones. 

Suffice it to say that in the United States, in the last week of September 2022 alone, there were 170 infections among children. In Del Paese, from the beginning of the pandemic to 15 September 2022, there were over 740 positive cases among minors. Even if death is a very rare event, there can be consequences such as multisystem inflammatory syndrome and, as we have said, the little ones can be vehicles for contagion among the categories at risk.

Is the Covid vaccine for children safe?

Il Vaccine approved for the age group 5 11-years it is the mRNA one, which therefore does not contain live viruses but they work with Messenger RNA which gives the organism the indications to build the proteine Spike of Covid-19. After injection, the mRNA is absorbed by the cytoplasm and activates the immune reaction. 

Contrary to what some think, the vaccine does not inject the virus and there is no danger of developing Covid-19 or infecting others. Any side effects are caused by the immune response body to the Spike protein. The vaccine is safe and in no case can it modify the DNA, much less cause autism (which is not a disease but a neurological condition already present at birth, of a hereditary nature).

The dose injected to the children between 5 and 11 years old it is three times lower than that expected for adults, 10 micrograms instead of 30.

With the administration of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines in children between 5 and 11 years old the spread of Covid will be further limited which, even today, almost two years after its entry into the world health panorama, worries governments and populations. But also parents, aware of how much quarantine and distance learning are harmful to their children.


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