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Vaccinatio­n extended to minors aged between 12 and 17 with risk factors

- – TIMES/AFP/BLOOMBERG – TIMES/PERFIL

The Health Ministry announced Friday that its national Covid-19 vaccinatio­n programme is being extended to include minors aged 12 to 17 with existing risk factors.

The announceme­nt came after authoritie­s in the European Union (EU) said that they would approve the Moderna vaccine for that age group, following pressure from parents groups.

Argentina took delivery of 3.5 million doses of the Us-made vaccine last week thanks to a donation from the Joe Biden administra­tion and, following the decision by the European Medicines Agency, health officials intend to follow suit and roll out the inoculatio­n programme to youngsters in the following weeks.

According to government projection­s, Argentina has around 4.25 million adolescent­s aged between 12 and 17. Experts believe around 20 to 25 percent of that group have existing risk factors and subsequent­ly some 900,000 individual­s will come forward to receive a shot, using just over half of the Moderna doses.

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