The UK health regulator has approved the Moderna Covid vaccine for children aged 12 to 17, weeks after the Pfizer jab was given the green light for the same group.
The Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announcement comes after it was announced that 16 and 17 year olds in England were to be offered a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. ‘here Monday August 23, before school. reopenings.
The MHRA said it was up to the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) to advise the government on whether children aged 12 to 17 should receive the Moderna vaccine.
Authorizing its use in England, Scotland and Wales, the MHRA said the vaccine – also known as the Spikevax vaccine – was “safe and effective in this age group.” Moderna is already approved for use in children aged 12 to 17 in Northern Ireland.
Currently, children aged 12 to 15 are only offered the Pfizer Covid vaccine if they are considered clinically vulnerable.
The decision this week to offer 16 and 17-year-olds in England the option to book their first jab before August 23 was so they had two weeks to build up their immunity before returning to school in September, according to the Secretary of Health, Sajid. Javide.
Invitations are also sent out to Wales, while older teenagers in Northern Ireland can use drop-in centers. Scots can express their interest online.