The Covid vaccine will be available to all children between the ages of 5 and 11.
On the advice of the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee, it will now be offered to infants who do not fall into the clinical risk group.
They will be given two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at minimum intervals. 12 weeks between doses. The children’s dose is one-third the strength of the adult dose.
The reason for introducing this vaccine is to increase the immunity of individuals vaccinated against severe COVID-19 against a possible future wave of the virus.
The Joint Commission International stated: “The JCVI considers this advice on offering immunizations to children aged 5 to 11 who are not in the clinical risk group as a one-time pandemic response programme.
“As the epidemic progresses further into a pandemic in the UK, is JCVI considering offering vaccinations to these age groups and others over the long term?”
In December, the JCVI recommended that children aged 5 to 11 years in the clinical risk group, or who come into contact with an immunocompromised person, should be offered the first-line vaccine with two 10-mcg doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Health Minister Robin Swan said: “As always, our vaccination program will continue based on expert advice.
This JCVI statement emphasizes the important role that vaccines play in protecting people of all ages and is only accepted after a rigorous assessment of safety and efficacy.
“I have asked the PHA to work with the Trusts to implement these latest advice and more details will be posted soon.”