A small study recently found out that, though there are some effects of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine manifesting in children between 12 and 15 years old, the risk of complications from the virus are most probably mild or moderate.
The study’s authors stated:
“These data are especially important as they are representative of the children who are most likely to benefit from vaccination.”
Most healthy children who contracted the virus typically experience mild illness.
However, those who also suffer from neurological conditions are more likely going to require hospitalization and suffer more intense symptoms.
To decrease the risk of infection, that group didn’t get included in early vaccine safety trials.
The Pfizer vaccine was given the green light by the U.K.’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization for administration among children aged between 12 and 15 years old with considerable neurological disabilities.
Conditions ranged among the children, including palsy, muscular dystrophy, and other medical conditions like epilepsy, immune deficiency, and congenital heart defects. The children also received medication for the coexisting problems in parallel to the vaccine.
All of the reported side effects were labeled as mild to moderate. One kid, in particular, experienced severe fatigue and discomfort, plus intense agitation, making it the most severe case out of the observed subjects.
Also, a child’s family reported a modification in seizure type to clusters, but the problem had resolved within a week.
A total of eight effects were reported in six children after the first shot, all of which disappeared within three days, the study suggested.
The mild symptoms included rash, headache, diarrhea, sore throat, neck pain, difficulty sleeping, and low blood sugar.
After the second dose was administered, eight more children experienced mild symptoms – diarrhea, armpit swelling, vomiting, and blisters in the mouth region.
Though the test group was small, the researchers believe that the results are good enough to reassure the parents that their children would be safe to get vaccinated.