Is the Pfizer vaccine safe for your children? Everything you need to know

 Covid vaccines are expected to be offered to children in the UK aged 16 and 17, in line with many other countries. 

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) are set to approve the jab for teens over 15, meaning that children in England will be vaccinated in time for their return to schools in September.

The teen vaccine rollout will likely happen in late August and should affect roughly 1.5 million youngsters.

But what are the risks involved with child vaccinations and what side effects should be expected? Find out everything here:

What COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for children?

The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine that has been authorised for children in the UK, for those aged 12 or older.

Approval of the Pfizer vaccine followed a US clinical trial in around 1,000 children aged 12 to 15 that found side effects in this group were generally short lived and mild.

What are the vaccine side effects for kids?

Common side effects for the Pfizer vaccine include:



    Muscle pain




Is the Pfizer vaccine safe for children?

Medication is rarely completely risk-free and clinical trials often throw up an odd reaction every now and then.

Real world data previously considered by the JCVI found that there have been extremely rare reports of myocarditis and pericarditis (heart inflammation) following the use of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine in younger adults.

The European Medicines Agency - which approves vaccines for the European Union - says there have been one-to-two cases per million people given the vaccine. Nearly everyone made a full recovery.

Researchers remain unsure what’s triggering the very rare cases of inflammation, or which children might be most vulnerable.

Is it worth children getting the vaccine?

During the vaccine rollout, the JCVI have previously prioritised the elderly and more vulnerable members of the population, as most children have very mild-to-no covid symptoms.

Data for England suggests about 25 children died from Covid in the first 12 months of the pandemic and the majority of these children had severe health problems, including complex neurodisibalities.

However millions of kids have been missing school as a result of covid-related issues, and a vaccine rollout could help prevent any future mass-disruption for education. 

What are other countries doing?

Plenty of countries, including Canada and Brazil, have already offered Covid jabs to teenagers over 12.

The Hong Kong government have rolled out the Pfizer vaccine to over 12s - this is to allow students to "return to normal campus and daily life as soon as possible".

In addition to this, the EU approved the Pfizer vaccine for young people over 12.(mirror)


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