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Covid Vaccinations Q&A
Updated: 2021-09-14 17:32:23 KST
Back in May, the European Medicines Agency approved the Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds. Since then, different EU countries have moved at different speeds.
Denmark - 12 to 15-year-olds - and Spain - 12 to 19-year-olds - have both now vaccinated most of their child population with at least a single dose.
France too has been moving quickly with 66-percent of those aged 12 to 17 now single jabbed, and 52-percent fully vaccinated.
The U.S. and Canadian regulators were the first to approve the Pfizer jab for use in children from 12 years and older back in May.
The rollout started immediately at sites across the U.S. with two injections given three weeks apart.
Health authorities in South Korea have also said they're looking to expand its vaccinations to 12-17 year olds in the fourth quarter of this year.
All things Covid and vaccines.
Let's talk about it. I want to bring in Dr. Alice Tan, our go to medical expert on Newscenter.
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The latest report from the CDC said that the number of children hospitalized with Covid was between 3.4 to 3.7 times higher in states with the lowest vaccination coverage.
And, a handful of U.S.school boards have voted to make the jab mandatory for children aged 12 and over to attend class, despite objections by some parents.
What are the downside risks of inoculating children?

Meanwhile, Pfizer has also started testing its Covid vaccine on even younger children. The first results, in those between five and 11 years old, are expected in September with data for infants aged six months to four years old likely to follow by the end of the year.
What are your thoughts on vaccinating even younger ones like these?

South Korea is also beginning to discuss booster shots starting with the older people and the immunocompromised. But, there are also reports like the one by Dr. Fauci this morning that boosters may not be necessary. This as some countries have already begun administering boosters and countries like Israel are securing vaccines to prepare for fourth booster shots. Give us some perspective.

Meanwhile, a surge of pregnant women hospitalized with tragic outcomes due to COVID-19 is alarming health officials across the U.S. In the U.S., roughly 25-percent of pregnant women have started their COVID-19 vaccination process as of the beginning of September. South Korea is also looking to that group starting October. Pregnant women were not part of the initial COVID-19 vaccine trials in 2020, so how do we know if it is safe for them to get vaccinated?

Reporter : jenmoon@arirang.co.kr