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Finland to restrict childhood vaccines against COVID-19 to high-risk households

A medical worker holds a syringe containing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the University Hospital of Helsinki in Helsinki, Finland, Dec. 27, 2020. Lehtikuva/Antti Aimo-Koivisto via REUTERS

HELSINKI, Dec. 2 (Reuters) – Children in Finland aged five and over should be vaccinated against COVID-19 if they or anyone in their household is at high risk of a serious infection, the Finnish Health Institute advised on Thursday to opt for injections for all children .

The government is expected to adopt the advice. The institute said vaccinations could begin once Finland has received approved injections.

“Getting more information about vaccine safety is even more important if society wants to influence the course of the pandemic by vaccinating children,” the health institute’s chief physician Hanna Nohynek said in a statement.

She added that children rarely become seriously ill and benefit only slightly from the vaccine, while vaccinating children would only delay hospitalizations of unvaccinated adults.

The institute also recommended booster shots for all vaccinated Finns 5-6 months after their second injection.

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Reporting by Essi Lehto Editing by Peter Graff

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