Sabah Newspaper – November 9, 2021

The results of the research conducted on more than 4,600 children show that the Covid-19 vaccine is 90 percent effective at the age of 5-11 years. Experts say, “It is beneficial to vaccinate BioNTech especially for children with sensitivities such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, eczema, urticaria, food allergy and bee allergy.”

Covid-19 vaccination has started for the 5-11 age group in the USA. Child Health and Diseases Specialist Prof. Dr. Ahmet Akçay answered our questions on the subject…

Should children aged 5-11 years receive the BioNTech vaccine?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11 years to prevent Covid-19. Authorization is based on independent advisory committee experts who overwhelmingly voted in favor of the vaccine being offered to children in this age group. The data that includes the input is based on the FDA’s comprehensive and transparent evaluation… This evaluation is based on the study of children aged 5-11 years receiving the BioNTech vaccine. based on data. This study was conducted in more than 4,600 children (3,100 vaccines, 1,538 placebos). According to the data of this study; The vaccine was found to be 90.7 percent effective in preventing Kovid-19 in children aged 5-11 years.


What will be the dose of the vaccine for children aged 5-11?

For children aged 5-11 years, the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is administered as a primary series of two doses, 3 weeks apart. A lower dose (10 micrograms) than for individuals 12 years of age and older (30 micrograms) is used. As a result, a third dose is used in this age group.
Should a child who is about to turn 12 wait until they are of age before taking a higher dose? In pandemic conditions, it would be more beneficial to vaccinate immediately. Since the effectiveness of the vaccine in children is much higher, I think that the vaccine should not be waited for and should be vaccinated as soon as possible.


Can the vaccine have side effects on children?

The safety of the vaccine was investigated in approximately 3,100 children aged 5 to 11 years who received the vaccine, and no serious side effects were found in the ongoing study.
Should children aged 5-11 years with allergic conditions receive the BioNTech vaccine?
Influenza infections are the most important reason that triggers the diseases of children with asthma and allergic rhinitis. Kovid infection will also trigger more discomfort in children with asthma and allergic rhinitis. They are much more likely to be infected by other children or, if they have an infection, to infect other children. Because these children often have symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, nasal itching, skin itching. For this reason, BioNTech vaccination will be beneficial for children with allergic diseases such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, eczema, urticaria, food allergy, bee allergy.

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