A Spanish teenager is vaccinated in Barcelona. / EFE

European Medicines Agency authorises Pfizer vaccine for children aged between 5 and 11

In Spain there are some 3,350,000 children who could be eligible for the coronavirus jab after the EMA decision, this Thursday

ÁLVARO SOTO

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has given the go-ahead that children between 5 and 11 years old can be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19.

The announcement was made this Thursday, 25 November, and Europe now joins the United States, which approved the use of the vaccine for this age group a month ago.

As in America, European children will receive 10 mg of the formula, that is, one third of the dose that is given to adults and it will be administered in two injections into the muscles of the upper arm, with three weeks separating the jabs.

The EMA's decision is an attempt to stop the explosion of coronavirus cases throughout Europe, affecting the age group that currently has the highest cumulative incidence rate.

In Spain, in the group aged 5 to 11 years, the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 stands at 203.57 cases, well ahead of the second highest group, people between 40 and 49 years of age, which registers 155.91 cases. According to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE), some 3,350,000 Spanish children could be eligible to receive the vaccine.