The National Technical Group of Experts on Immunization of Ukraine (NTGEI) recommended the Ministry of Health to start vaccinating children from 12 years of age against Covid-19 as the ministry reported.
"Considering the available safety and efficacy data for Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine for children 12 years of age and older, and the increased incidence of SARS-CoV-2 among children, it is recommended to vaccinate individuals 12 to 17 years of age, regardless of risk group in case of availability of vaccinations that are age-appropriate, taking into account the approved contraindications to vaccination," the message says.
In case of a shortage of vaccines against Covid-19, priority in the issue of vaccinations should be given to children aged 12 years and older and adults classified as high-risk groups for a severe course of the coronavirus and the occurrence of serious complications from it.
- Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty is contraindicated if there is a history of a serious allergic reaction to one of the vaccine components.
- Children who have had myocarditis or pericarditis after the first dose of Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine should postpone the second dose in the Covid-19 series until more scientific evidence is available.
- Individuals with a history of myocarditis not associated with Covid-19 vaccination and who are no longer under the supervision of a cardiologist should be vaccinated against Covid-19.
- It is recommended to postpone the Covid-19 vaccination of children who have suffered from childhood multisystem inflammatory syndrome until more scientific evidence is available.
Pfizer/BioNTech's Comirnaty vaccine for children over 12 years old is used in a two-dose regimen (0.3 ml) with an interval between the first and second doses of 21-28 days.
At the same time, for children to be vaccinated, it is necessary to observe a 14-day interval between vaccinations against Covid-19, and the introduction of vaccines against other infectious diseases, with the exception of emergency vaccination and influenza vaccination.
As we reported, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the procedure for the removal of unvaccinated employees of enterprises, institutions, and organizations subject to mandatory vaccination against coronavirus. Unvaccinated officials and teachers will be suspended from work from November 8.