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Germany: Vaccinating children against COVID-19, new recommendation from the German Standing Committee on Vaccination

Germany: The German Robert Koch Institute has published communication on a new recommendation issued by the German Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) regarding the vaccination of children against COVID-19. This recommendation could have a significant impact on the course of the vaccination campaign in Germany.

On August 2, German state Health Minister and Federal health Minister Jens Spahn unanimously decided to extend the recommendation to vaccinate children aged 12-17 against coronavirus in Germany.

This decisions sparked a wave of criticism at the time because it was inconsistent with the advice of experts from STIKO, which recommended that only adolescents with certain chronic diseases be vaccinated.

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Now this recommendation has changed. STIKO, On Monday (August 16) supported the vaccination against coronavirus for all children and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 years, the Robert Koch Institute said in a press release.

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“After a careful evaluation of the new scientific reports and data, the committee concluded that the benefits of vaccination, according to the current state of knowledge, outweigh the risks of very rare side effects of vaccines,” the German Vaccination Committee announced on Monday.