Vienna Will Start to Vaccinate Young Children

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Europe|Vienna volition commencement to vaccinate young children without E.U. approval.

A Covid vaccination halfway  successful  Vienna successful  February.
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Christopher F. Schuetze

  • Nov. 5, 2021Updated 10:28 a.m. ET

The metropolis of Vienna volition assistance vaccinate children arsenic young arsenic 5 against Covid, without authoritative support from the E.U., officials announced connected Thursday.

“Demand for Covid vaccinations for children is high,” said Peter Hacker, a Viennese nationalist wellness official. “In this signifier of the pandemic, we indispensable not suffer immoderate clip successful Austria, due to the fact that the pandemic is getting younger and younger,” helium added.

Under the metropolis proposal, pediatricians volition authorize administering the off-label usage of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine for children starting Friday, Nov. 12.

E.U. regulators person not yet authorized immoderate Covid vaccine for children beneath property 12. Austria, on with the remainder of the European Union, is waiting for a determination by the European Medicines Agency, which started the process of approving the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine for ages 5 to 11 connected Oct. 18. A determination is expected successful the coming months. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention formally endorsed the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children of those ages connected Tuesday.

While backstage doctors person been giving the vaccine to children successful respective European countries, including Austria, this appears to beryllium the archetypal systematic inoculation programme for children organized by a authorities body.

In Vienna, up to 200 children volition beryllium capable to get vaccinated each time successful 34 city-run vaccination centers, according to a municipal spokesman, who added that the metropolis was prepared to grow capableness if request proved high. Vienna is besides inactive looking for licensed pediatricians to administer the doses astatine the centers.

The determination comes arsenic Austria is going done different spike of infections. The state has reported astir 481 cases per 100,000 radical implicit the past week, according to authorities figures — much than treble the lawsuit complaint successful neighboring Germany. In Vienna, which has a colonisation of 1.9 million, 1,479 caller cases were reported by the Austrian authorities connected Wednesday.

Only 63 percent of Austrians are afloat vaccinated, according to authorities figures collated by the Our World successful Data project.

City officials successful Vienna besides said they would tighten Covid restrictions starting Nov. 12, by prohibiting radical without impervious of vaccination oregon betterment from corruption from visiting restaurants, bars, museums and definite shops, similar hairsbreadth salons.

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