Romania will start vaccinating children aged between 5 and 11 against COVID-19 on 26 January, with adapted doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Parents or carers can already schedule a date for the vaccination.
The vaccination campaign will be organised at 219 pediatric vaccination centres nationwide.
Romania started administering the COVID vaccines to people aged between 12 and 18 years on 2 June, and the cumulative uptake is around 7% in this age group, according to ECDC data.
In Romania, less than half of the adult population has received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, making it one of the least vaccinated countries in Europe.
Meanwhile, the authorities announced they would reduce, as of Monday (17 January), the booster timeline to four months, from six months. So far, 45% of those eligible to get the booster shot have done so.
In total, more than 8 million people in Romania got at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, and 2.1 million of those have also uptaken the booster shot.
(Bogdan Neagu, EURACTIV.ro)