Japan looks to administer COVID-19 vaccines to children age 5-11 in February

Japan Times -- Nov 18
Japan’s health ministry has urged local governments to prepare for the administration of COVID-19 vaccine to children age 5 and 11, expanding inoculations to this age group in February at the earliest, its officials said Wednesday.

While the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare sent the notice dated Tuesday to municipalities, some health experts have expressed concern amid uncertainty over the efficacy and safety of the vaccine in children aged under 12.

U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. and German partner BioNTech SE applied last week for Japanese government approval to inoculate children in the age group with the vaccine they jointly developed.

Pfizer’s vaccine is currently available free of charge only to people age 12 and older in Japan.

In the United States, vaccinations of children age 5 to 11 have begun, following approval by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

早ければ来年2月にも子どものワクチン接種が始まるかもしれません。  ファイザーは5歳から11歳の子どもがワクチンを接種できるようにする承認の申請を厚生労働省に出しています。 - ANNnewsCH