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Germany to Start Vaccinating Children Below 12 Years of Age Against Corona

In Germany, children from five to eleven years of age are supposed to be immunized against Corona now. The first doses of Biontech/Pfizer vaccine for kids will be delivered to the federal states this week.

Berlin, December 13th, 2021 (The Berlin Spectator) — According to the Health Ministry in Berlin, more than 2 million doses of Corona vaccine for younger children will be sent out this week. The product is being made by the German company Biontech and its American partner Pfizer. So far, children from twelve years of age were vaccinated against Corona. From now on, five- to eleven-year-olds can get immunized as well.

Vaccinations at Schools

This week, 2.2 million doses of vaccine for children are supposed to be delivered to wholesalers for medication. Germany’s states will receive additional “contingents” of vaccine separately. The Ministry of Health announced deliveries of 800,000 doses to pediatricians across the country. In most federal states, immunizations for children will take place at pediatrician’s offices and vaccination centers. Some states have announced special vaccination events.

In Berlin, children who are part of the age group mentioned can get vaccinated at the city’s three vaccination centers. There is one at former Tegel Airport, another at the trade fair grounds and a third one will open at the former conference center (ICC) on Wednesday. Or they can get their shots at schools.

Vaccinations at the Museum

Starting on Wednesday, Berlin intends to offer vaccinations at one primary school per district. According to the Senate Health Department, they are supposed to be administered from Wednesdays to Fridays in the afternoon as well as on Saturdays and Sundays. Parents with children from five to eleven years of age will be informed in a letter that will be mailed to them. There also is a phone number for vaccination appointments for kids: 030-9028 2200. Parents may call from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.. Berlin will also vaccinate children at its Museum of Natural History soon.

Germany’s Permanent Vaccination Commission is working on a recommendation for Corona vaccinations for five- to eleven-year-olds with pre-existing conditions that might increase the danger of severe progressions of COVID-19 if they get infected, and kids who have relatives with a high risk of this kind. The recommendation is not official yet, but probably will be these days.

Decreasing Infection Numbers

In the meantime, Germany’s Corona infection numbers are decreasing right now. The Robert Koch Institute registered 21,743 new Corona infections since yesterday, some 6,000 less than last Sunday. The Seven Day Incidence decreased slightly, compared to yesterday, to a level of 389.2.

All relevant Corona numbers for Germany, and daily Corona updates, can be found in our Corona chronology.

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