Head of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura Prof. Neelika Malavige says the Ministry of Health will decide on whether all children between the ages of 12 to 18 will be vaccinated against COVID-19, or whether the vaccine will only be administered to children with complications, within the age group.
Speaking during a programme Prof. Neelika Malavige said children have only gone to school for around a month since March last year, adding that it is a serious crisis.
She noted none of the available COVID-19 vaccines have been tested for children under 12 years of age.
She added therefore there is no data on clinical trials conducted on children below 12 years.
Prof. Malavige said a majority of persons succumbing to the virus daily are over 60 years of age and between the ages of 30 and 59, adding therefore clinical trials were conducted on elders.
She stated a majority of elders in developed countries have been vaccinated, and as the second step children between the ages of 12 to 18 will be vaccinated, following clinical trials.