Suara.com – From the start, children and pregnant women were excluded from the trial phase of most Covid-19 vaccines. However, children as young as 6 years of age will start being given the AstraZeneca vaccine as part of a new clinical trial this February 2021 to test its effectiveness.
The Covid-19 vaccine trial at the University of Oxford involved 300 volunteers to assess that the AstraZeneca vaccine would produce a strong immune response in children aged 6 to 17 years or not.
This trial phase will see the effects in 240 children who are given the Covid-19 vaccine and others who will receive a control injection for meningitis.
“Although the vast majority of children are relatively unaffected by the coronavirus and are unlikely to suffer severe disease when infected, it is important to establish the level of safety and immunity obtained from the Covid-19 vaccine in children and adolescents,” said Professor Andrew Pollard, chief investigator on the test. try the Oxford vaccine quoted from Express.
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Professor Andrew Pollard said the new trial would broaden everyone’s understanding of controlling the Covid-19 coronavirus in a younger age group.
Currently, only children with a high risk of severe infection due to the Covid-19 corona virus will get the Covid-19 vaccine injection. However, several sources have revealed that children under 18 years of age can be given an injection of the Covid-19 vaccine in August 2021.
However, now ongoing trials have been halted due to cases of blood clots. On the other hand, Professor Andrew Pollard from the University of Oxford said that there are no safety issues with the AstraZeneca vaccine.
He also added more information from the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Although there are no safety concerns in pediatric clinical trials, Andrew would like to wait for additional information from the MHRA about rare cases of thrombosis or thrombocytopenia that occur in adults.
“Parents and children should take part in the experiment and get the Covid-19 vaccine,” explained Andrew.
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MHRA also reported that there were 22 cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) and 8 other cases of thrombosis with low platelets. So, injecting the Covid-19 vaccine in children is still being considered.