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World Health Organization experts say children’s vaccination against COVID-19 ‘not high priority’

Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2021. 2:15 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma: Top vaccines experts of the World Health Organization’s top vaccines expert said that immunizing children against COVID-19 is not a high priority especially after assessing the limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines.

Many countries around the world are actively engaged in their own vaccination campaigns in order to achieve some form of immunity for their populations.

And even as more countries are authorizing COVID-19 shots for teens, WHO experts say that should not be a high priority at this time, AP reports.

“Children are at (a) very, very low risk of actually getting COVID disease,” said Kate O’Brien, a pediatrician and director of the WHO’s vaccines department.

O’Brien emphasized the importance of vaccinating priority groups like health workers and the elderly.

WHO has also urged wealthier nations to donate vaccines to low-income countries.

“Immunization of children in order to send them back to school is not the predominant requirement for them to go back to school safely,” O’Brien said.


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