Pfizer applied to Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for vaccination for ages 5-11

2021.11.13 06:30

COVID-19 vaccines

Pfizer, a major US pharmaceutical company, and Biontech, a German biotechnology company, have applied to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare on the 10th to approve the COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 5 to 11 years old.
If vaccination coverage is expanded to 5-11 years, it will help prevent the aggravation of children. On the other hand, there is a risk of side reactions, and parents have mixed feelings of expectation and anxiety.

Over 90% of cases suppressed

”In case the infection spreads again. I feel the need to have my children vaccinated. But I had a hard time with high fever due to the side reaction. I don't want my children to have the same experience." A woman in Katsushika-ku, Tokyo, with two children, ages 10 and 7, shows her hesitetion.
According to a document submitted by the US Pfizer to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the incidence was suppressed by more than 90% in overseas clinical trials for 5-11 years old, but 6.5% of those who received the second vaccination had a fever of 38 degrees or higher, and 28% complained of headaches.

Benefits for children at risk of serious illness

According to the Ministry, the total number of infected people in Japan is about 1.72 million, with about 270,000 under the age of 19, including about 90,000 under the age of 9. Three teenagers died, and no confirmed deaths under the age of 9.
Professor Hiroyuki Moriuchi (Pediatrics) of Nagasaki University said, "The situation is different in the United States where many children have died." Although he emphasized that "Most children are mildly ill or asymptomatic when infected, but children with underlying medical conditions may become more severe. Even with the possibility of side reactions, the benefits of vaccination would be greater for children at risk of aggravation."

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