COVID-19 has claimed the lives of numerous minors in Italy and it is necessary to step up the drive to have a coronavirus vaccine for children, the Italian Society of Paediatrics (SIP) said.
SIP said 240,105 COVID-19 cases in Italy (5.5% of the total) and 14 COVID-linked deaths regarded children aged nine or younger.
It said 436,938 cases (10% of the total) and 16 deaths regarded young people aged 10-to19.
“We need a safe, effective vaccine,” the SIP said via Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Telegram.
“We need a shield to defend our children from this terrible virus with too”.
Italian medicines agency AIFA has approved the use of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for adolescents aged 12-to-17.