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newsMail & Guardian reports that children aged 12 years and older may now be given a shot of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine.

This follows an announcement on Sunday by the SA Health Products Authority (Sahpra), approving the use of the Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine in terms of the Medicines Act to include individuals aged 12 years and older. According to the regulator, a review of updated safety and efficacy information led to the decision to allow the emergency use of the vaccine in this age group. Sahrpra has not yet not received any applications from other manufacturers of vaccines currently available in SA to authorise their use for children from the age of 12 years. According to Dr Nicholas Crisp, a deputy director general in the department of health, the most vulnerable groups, which are mainly those aged 60 years and older, remain a priority for the vaccination roll-out. “We still need to get to another 30% in some provinces and up to 40% in others of people over the age of 60. That’s the primary target: to get older people, who are most vulnerable, vaccinated — there’s no question about that,” Crisp indicated. With the fourth wave looming and the effect that the Delta variant during the third wave had on children, Crisp said that there was a need to protect children, but that various factors would have to be taken into consideration. These included vaccine supply, establishing protocols, and the involvement of parents or guardians. A consultation process before there is a decision to vaccinate children will be starting this week.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Marcia Zali at Mail & Guardian
  • Read too, SA targets improved vaccine coverage for adults before offering jabs to children, at BusinessLive (subscriber access only)

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