In yet another covid policy reversal from a leading agency, the World Health Organization (WHO) reversed its policy this week regarding healthy children and teens needing to receive a Covid vaccine. The organization no longer recommends the vaccine for "healthy" children ages 6 to 17 years old - too bad the CDC recently added the Covid vaccine to its mandatory childhood immunization schedule.
The updated guidelines were released by WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE).
According to SAGE, "The public health impact of vaccinating healthy children and adolescents is comparatively much lower than the established benefits of traditional essential vaccines for children - such as the rotavirus, measles, and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines."
The new WHO policy divides people into 3 groups, which assess categories for "risk of severe disease and death." Children and teens are in the low category. The WHO does still recommend that "Children who have compromised immune systems or existing health conditions should still get the vaccine."
SAGE Chair Dr. Hanna Nohyn explained the updated guidelines, saying, "Updated to reflect that much of the population is either vaccinated or previously infected with COVID-19, or both, the revised roadmap reemphasizes the importance of vaccinating those still at-risk of severe disease, mostly older adults and those with underlying conditions, including the additional boosters."
Meanwhile, the U.S. CDC still currently recommends Covid vaccination for children 6 months and older. It is uncertain at this time whether or not the CDC will update its Covid vaccine recommendations for children or change its immunization schedule to drop the Covid vaccine in light of the WHO's recent reversal.
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