Health Council: Moderna vaccine is also suitable for children from 12 to 17 years old

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The Board of Health advises Cabinet to make Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, as well as the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine, available to all 12-17-year-olds who wish to be vaccinated. This was stated by the Health Board on Thursday.

Gain health and slow down the epidemic

“Inoculating adolescents with the Moderna vaccine can provide them with direct and indirect health benefits and at the same time contribute to slowing the epidemic,” the council wrote in an advice it provided today to the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sports.

Vaccination of adolescents against COVID-19 with the Moderna vaccine

On June 29, the Board of Health advised the Secretary of Health, Care and Sports to make the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine available to all 12-17-year-olds who wish to use it. Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine was recently approved for use from age 12 years. This vaccine is effective enough and safe enough. Vaccination of children aged 12 to 17 with Moderna’s vaccine is acceptable, beneficial and responsible: it can provide adolescents with direct and indirect health benefits, while at the same time helping to slow the epidemic. Therefore, the Council also recommends that the Moderna vaccine be made available to those aged 12 to 17 who wish to be vaccinated.

Very rare cases, side effects, myocarditis and pericarditis

With the Moderna vaccine, as with BioNTech/Pfizer, myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the pericardium) can occur very rarely after vaccination. Both inflammations are known syndromes and usually have a moderate course and complete recovery. Myocarditis and pericarditis also occur regularly with coronavirus infection.

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Age appropriate information is important

To ensure that adolescents themselves can make a voluntary and informed choice, it is important that they have accessible, understandable and age-appropriate information about the advantages and disadvantages of vaccination against COVID-19.

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