Stuttgart. In Baden-Württemberg, the first preparations for corona vaccinations for children are underway. The state is already in talks with the relevant stakeholders, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Stuttgart. The state government currently expects that the first vaccinations will be offered in the second half of December.
The demand for corona vaccinations for children is difficult to assess, it said. The ministry received both requests from parents to speak out in favor of a vaccination even without European approval, as well as many complaints and rejection of a vaccination for children.
According to the Ministry of Health, there are around 1120 paediatricians in outpatient care in the southwest, around 120 of whom work in clinics. The extent to which the pediatricians will participate in the vaccination campaign is now to be clarified. In addition, one checks whether children can also use the mobile offers of the vaccination team.
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn recently said that he was expecting an approval decision for a corona vaccine for children at the end of the fourth week of November and the first deliveries shortly before Christmas. Since the children’s vaccine is a lower dosage, Biontech / Pfizer would first have to produce and deliver other vials, said the CDU politician in Berlin on Friday. The acting minister also pointed out that after approval, vaccination should be made possible for all 5- to 11-year-olds even without a recommendation from the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko). So far, no corona vaccines have been approved in the EU that are allowed to vaccinate children younger than 12 years.