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COVID vaccine for six-month-old babies gets green light in UK

A COVID-19 vaccine for infants as young as six months has been given the go-ahead by Britain’s health regulator, opening the door for vaccinating the country’s youngest children once the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) agrees.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) authorised the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged six months to four-years-old, after it was deemed safe and effective based on an ongoing clinical trial involving 4 526 participants.

Whether the vaccine is eventually deployed in this age group depends on a recommendation from the JCVI, which advises UK Health Departments on which shots should be used as part of the national vaccination programme, reports Reuters.

The vaccine is tailored for use in this age group, being a lower dose version than the one used in children aged five to 11 years. It is given as three injections in the upper arm, with the first two doses given three weeks apart, followed by a third dose administered at least two months after the second dose.

America rolled out this version of the same shot for the same age group earlier this year. Months ago, EU regulators also endorsed the use of COVID vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna for under-fives.

 

Reuters article – Britain’s health regulator backs COVID vaccine for infants from six months (Open access)

 

See more from MedicalBrief archives:

 

FDA panel recommends COVID baby, toddler jab

 

Pfizer jab less effective in children aged 5-11 than in adolescents

 

Moderna interim results show that its low-dose vaccine works for 6-11-year-olds

 

 

 

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