(AbsoluteNews.com) – Children around the world are receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. However, not all countries are allowing kids ages 12 to 17 to receive both doses. In fact, one country just suspended the second dose for minors.
According to a November 10 report from Taiwan’s Central News Agency, the country decided to suspend the second dose while health experts review data on cases of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the outer lining of the heart). Pfizer has reported these illnesses as known side effects.
Chuang Jen-Hsiang, Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center spokesperson, said, “1.1 million kids ages 12 to 17 have received the first dose” of the vaccine. Of those patients, 17 kids have reported one of the illnesses. Three others, ages 18 to 21, reported the side effect as well. Of the 20 cases, 18 were discharged from the hospital, 1 is still hospitalized and the other was never hospitalized.
"Taiwan’s health minister Chen Shih-chung has said that they are suspending administering second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT) Covid vaccine to children in the 12-17 age group amid concerns that it may increase the risk of myocarditis."https://t.co/L6J33HvpfO
— The HighWire (@HighWireTalk) November 12, 2021
The risk for the illnesses increases after children receive the second dose, which is why the government suspended it. The United Kingdom is also not allowing minors to receive both shots.
Taiwan’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice will make a final decision about whether to go ahead with the second dose within two weeks.
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