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Vaccine experts to discuss lowering age limit of BioNTech jabs for children

Vaccine experts to discuss lowering age limit of BioNTech jabs for children

Government adviser Ivan Hung Fan-ngai said vaccine experts will convene a meeting with the government on whether to allow children aged five to 11 to get the BioNTech jabs, a proposal very likely to be passed.
Speaking on a radio program on Saturday, Hung said pharmaceutical company Pfizer, the manufacturer of the BioNTech vaccine, has earlier completed the phase III clinical research on children receiving Covid-19 vaccine.

The interim report pointed out that it is safe for children to get the jabs and they can be well protected. No myocarditis case was reported as well, Hung added.

He also said if the vaccine experts pass the recommendation and suggest the government to allow children to get the BioNTech jabs, the dosage they receive would be one-third of that the adults receive.

Hung continued that the experts will discuss whether to lower the age limit of receiving the Sinovac vaccine so that children as young as three-year-old can get the jabs as well.

On getting the booster jab, Hung said those who opt for Sinovac as their booster jab may have to get the fourth jab half a year later.

Earlier two scientific committees under the Department of Health have recommended authorities to administer Covid-19 booster jabs for priority groups, including elderly, medics and care home workers.
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