Parents will be expected to give their consent before their children can get the Covid-19 vaccine, as the country seeks to attain herd immunity.
In the revised Covid-19 vaccination policy by the Ministry of Health, children aged between 15 and 18 will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, a decision acting Health Director Patrick Amoth said is based on advisory from the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to the Covid-19 Vaccine Taskforce chairman Willis Akhwale, regulatory approval from the Pharmacy and Poisons Board has been granted, setting the stage for vaccinating teenagers.
“We cannot attain herd immunity without vaccinating children because adults are only half the population,” Dr Akhwale said.
Dr Amoth told The Standard, “We have started with those above 15 years and will move progressively to lower age groups.” He added that parents and guardians will be required to give permission before the teenagers get the jab.
Dr Akhwale said, “Verbal consent will be given by parents of guardians to have the children vaccinated. We are, however, still having a discussion on this.”