To vaccinate young children who suffer from COVID-19 in Britain

To vaccinate young children who suffer from COVID-19 in Britain ...

UK on Wednesday said it planned to take a second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot in the age group to target vulnerable children aged 5-11.

The children will receive two 10-microgram doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine - a third of the adult - with the period between first and second doses for eight weeks.

If other studies can help be done on the rapid spread of Omicron - the impact of vaccination on young children's - a decision would be made - - the JCVI said.

The majority of children aged five to 11 years are at a very low risk of serious illness due to COVID-19, said Wei Shen Lim, chair of the JCVI's immunisation.

"Today, about five to 11 year olds have underlying health problems that pose a risk for them as well, so we recommend that them be vaccinated before their vaccination."

The JCVI advised that booster shots should be offered for 16 and 17 year olds and those aged between 12 and 15 who were identified as participants in a clinical risk group based on the Omicron variant.

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