Covid19 – Germany to start offering Coronavirus jabs to children over 12 years from June 7
Germany will start offering coronavirus jabs to children over the age of 12 from June 7, Chancellor Angela Merkel said. But she stressed that vaccination would not be compulsory and would have no bearing on whether children can attend school or go on holiday.
All over -12s will still be allowed to get jabbed regardless, similar to the AstraZeneca vaccine which is officially recommended only for people over 60 in Germany but is open to anyone who has consulted with their doctor.
Inoculating children is seen as a key step towards achieving herd immunity in the fight against the pandemic. Canada and the United States have already started vaccinating over-12s. But experts have also expressed reservations, pointing out that children rarely suffer from severe Covid and that vaccine supply is still tight.
More than 40 percent of adults have now had their first jab, and 15 percent are fully vaccinated. The accelerated pace, along with rapid testing and widespread shutdowns, has helped break a third coronavirus wave and allowed Germany to relax restrictions.
A team of German scientists believe that they have worked out why some people given the AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson vaccines against Covid-19 develop blood clots – and claim they can tell the manufacturers how to improve the vaccine to avoid it.
The key is in the adenovirus – the common cold virus that is used to deliver the spike protein of the coronavirus into the body, say Rolf Marschalek, a professor at Goethe university in Frankfurt, and colleagues. The mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna do not use this delivery system and there have been no blood clotting cases linked to them.