Govt Won’t Propose COVID-19 Vaccine for Children
The Ministry of Health is setting the record straight following Health Minister Renward Wells’ assertion that the government is making a decision on whether or not students will be administered the COVID-19 vaccine to return to in-person learning.
The Ministry of Health in a statement said definitively, that children will not be given the COVID-19 vaccine.
“No one under the age of 18 years of age, including children in The Bahamas, will be administered the COVID-19 vaccine.”
Why it matters
Renward Wells, in an impromptu press briefing, said officials were in discussion about the administration of the vaccine to students while promising to come back to the Bahamian people with the final decision, acknowledging that some vaccines are required, while others, like the flu vaccines are not required.
The big picture
Many Bahamians are apprehensive about the COVID-19 vaccine since the onset of the pandemic.
What the ministry of health says
- The ministry said “Although the government of the Bahamas has been proactive in securing mechanisms that will give the Bahamian people access to this much-needed vaccine, the Ministry of Health underscores that administration of the COVID-19 vaccine is entirely voluntary. In other words, only those who wish to receive the vaccine can avail themselves of it.
- The Ministry further states that it will continue to comport with best practice and international standards on medical and public health matters. This extends to the age recommendations for the COVID-19 vaccine administration. From current knowledge, the approved age range for the
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is 16 years and older; and
- Moderna is 18 years and older
- The ministry notes the global scientific clinical trials currently underway to determine/study the safety and efficacy of this vaccine in persons 12 to 17 years of age. We assure the Bahamian people that COVID-19 vaccination among children will not be offered within this sub-population until evidence suggests it is safe to do so, and with the consent of parents and guardians.