Germany to start inoculating children above 12 years of age from June 7. It is another big step towards herd immunity. Children and young teens over 12 can now book a vaccination appointment from June 7. Chancellor Angela Merkel made this announcement on Thursday.
Germany Plans to Vaccinate Children Over 12 from June 7
Vaccinations for children in Germany will open from June 7. Children and teens above 12 can now get their first Coronavirus jabs. However, it is not compulsory for them to get vaccinated. Chancellor Angela Merkel made the announcement on Thursday. The European Medicines Agency is expected to approve the Pfizer vaccine for children above 12. However, the vaccine is already authorized in the EU for those over 16.
Vaccination for Children Not Compulsory
Though, Germany is starting vaccinating children from June 7. Merkel stressed the fact that children’s vaccination is not compulsory. It has no bearing on whether children can attend a school or go on holidays. The decision completely depends on the parents. It is up to them whether they want their child vaccinated or not. However, willing ones can get their first shot after June 7. The registration portals will now book appointments for children too. Schools cannot force children to get vaccinated. It is totally wrong to think that only a vaccinated child can go to school or on holidays.
Vaccinating Children is a Big Step Towards Herd Immunity
Inoculating children is a big step towards herd immunity. Canada and the US have already started vaccinating children over 12. Experts have pointed out that children are safe from severe Covid. It is not compulsory for them to get vaccinated. Moreover, the vaccine supply is still tight. Angela Merkel clearly mentioned that in Germany, vaccination for children is not compulsory. If you are willing to get your kid vaccinated, you can.
Vaccination in Germany Finally Geared Up
Germany has approved the Pfizer jab for children. However, the jab is recommended to children underlying serious medical conditions. The ones who fall in the high-risk category. The vaccination in Europe’s top economy was slow at the start. But now, it has finally geared up. More than 40 percent of adults have taken their first jab. Nearly 15 percent of the total population is fully vaccinated. The accelerated pace has helped the country break a third Coronavirus wave. However, the Germans are still following all the precautions. They are continuing social distancing, wearing a mask, sanitizing, etc.