Vienna begins vaccinating young children in a pilot project
Berlin Today, Saturday, Austrian media reported that young children in Vienna can start receiving vaccinations against the Corona virus next week as part of a pilot project.
Austrian broadcaster ORF reported that about 200 children between the ages of 5 and 11 could receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine daily in the Austrian capital as of Monday. The pilot project is limited to Vienna only and does not apply to the rest of the country.
With the number of COVID-19 infections rising again across the Alpine country, the national government is set to announce more nationwide measures to contain the spread of the virus.
Austrian news agency APA reported on Saturday evening, based on documents it obtained, that the government plans to close the country across the country to non-vaccinated people from midnight Sunday. The move will prevent unvaccinated individuals over the age of 12 from leaving their expected homes for essential activities such as work, grocery shopping, or walking — or getting vaccinated.
Government officials plan to meet with state governors on Sunday to discuss the planned restrictions.
While in the US or Israel, children aged 5-11 can get officially vaccinated against COVID-19, and the European Medicines Agency, which regulates approval within the European Union, has not yet given the green light for vaccinations from children under the age of 12. general.
The European Union’s drug regulator said earlier this week that it had begun evaluating whether Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine should be allowed for children aged 5 to 11, and it has evaluated the vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech. For use in the same age group since last month.
The agency did not say when exactly it would make a decision on the two vaccines, but the media reported that at least for Pfizer/BioNTech, the decision could come before Christmas.
With infection numbers across the continent rising at an alarming speed, approval of a vaccination for young children will bring hoped-for relief to millions of families across the European Union.
Although there is no official emergency approval, many pediatricians in Austria have already vaccinated children of this age group, as the demand is very high as the infection rate is high in the country, according to an ORF report.
“The interest in off-label vaccination is enormous,” Peter Woettel, a pediatrician and vaccination expert at the Vienna Medical Association, told ORF. “We vaccinate the 5- to 11-year-olds group in our clinic and have several hundred people on the waiting list.”
By Saturday evening, more than 5,500 children had been registered for a bullet, APA reported.
Austria has faced a worrying trend in injuries in recent weeks. The country reported 13,152 new cases on Saturday, up from 11,798 the day before. The infection rate for seven days was 775.5 new cases per 100,000 people. By comparison, the rate is 277.4 in neighboring Germany, which has already sounded the alarm about the rising numbers.
Austria has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Western Europe: about 65% of the total population was fully vaccinated, and about 68% had received at least one dose by the end of the week.
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