As part of the expansion of the vaccination program and after the European Medicines Agency decided that the Pfizer vaccine was safe for the 12-15 age group, the French President, Emanuel Macron , announced that France would start injecting the 12 -18 years old , from June 15 .
A few days ago, the Coreper and the Special Committee for Human Drugs (CHMP), announced their conclusions on the suitability of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12-15 years.
According to Marco Cavaleri , head of EMA's vaccination strategy, the Pfizer vaccine was considered safe for children aged 15-15.
This is the first vaccine against Covid-19 approved for adolescents in the European Union as until now, this vaccine had been approved for use in people aged 16 and over.
Cavaleri added that, according to tests performed in this age group, no child developed Covid-19 infection. The efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine has been estimated in approximately 2,000 children aged 12 to 15 years who showed no sign of a previous infection. They received either the vaccine or a placebo. Of the 1,005 children who received the vaccine, none developed COVID-19 compared with 16 of the 978 who received the placebo. This means that, in this study, the vaccine was 100% effective in preventing COVID-19 (although the actual rate could be between 75% and 100%).
Cavaleri also said that the same data apply to the vaccination program as to adults, ie the vaccination will be carried out in two doses , while the side effects observed were common with the other age groups that received the preparation.
At the same time, he made it known that decisions on the preparation of Moderna at these ages are expected in the coming weeks.