Poland should start vaccinating 12-15-year-olds against Covid-19

Horban said that it was "realistic" for vaccinations to start before the end of the school year. Leszek Szymański/PAP

The Medical Council advising the prime minister has said it will recommend vaccinating children aged 12-15.

Professor Andrzej Horban, the council’s leader, said in an interview with the wp.pl portal that child vaccinations should start as soon as possible, ideally in June.

"The existing system of vaccination points enables each age group, which is a potential candidate for vaccination, to be added, therefore children can be added too," Horban said. "It should be considered whether to organise vaccinations in schools or near schools."

Horban added that it was "realistic" for vaccinations to start before the end of the school year.

"The second thing is, if parents care about their children but also about the health of grandmothers and grandfathers, they should get their children vaccinated," Horban said.

He went on to say that vaccinating children during the summer holidays would be sensible. "It would be good and beautiful if at every school was a nurse and a vaccination point," he said.

The European Medicines Agency approved a motion on Friday to extend the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 15.

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