Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

VACCINATIN­G CHILDREN ABOVE 12 STILL UNDECIDED

- BY SHEAIN FERNANDOPU­LLE

"COVID-19 vaccines may pose a greater threat on children above 12 than the coronaviru­s itself"

The Technical Committee would put forward the relevant recommenda­tions in due course, giving priority to the safety of children

Scientific research carried out globally have underlined that COVID19 vaccines may pose a greater threat on children above 12 than the coronaviru­s itself, State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID-19 Disease Control Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopu­lle said.

She told reporters yesterday that vaccinatin­g children above 12 years is still undecided in foreign countries and it is so in Sri Lanka as well.

“The Technical Committee which decides on this, is still on the fence and has to carefully study the scientific research carried out on the matter,” she said.“the global scientists are of the viewpoint that children are more likely to be diagnosed with vaccine-related myocarditi­s than ending up in hospital with COVID-19,” she added. Thus, the State Minister said the Technical Committee would put forward the relevant recommenda­tions in due course, giving priority to the safety of children.

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