Comment: Vaccination is not requested for children

Comment: Vaccination is not requested for children

Whether wearing a mask is mandatory or a temporary vaccination ban for AstraZeneca: The central government’s decisions were based mostly on scientific findings. This is right. After all, the Bundestag does not include virologists and pediatricians. With an official immunization proposal for all children and adolescents from the age of twelve, politics is now taking a different route and putting the Permanent Immunization Commission (STIKO) under further pressure.

STIKO has so far only recommended vaccination for pre-ill adolescents because data on risks and side effects are still sparse. As the Hamburg head of the vaccination center has rightly said, science is not just a “wish”. In the United States and Israel, after the second vaccination of children, there were rare cases of inflammation of the heart muscle.

Politics is putting StiKo under pressure

It is understandable that the government wants to get more and more people vaccinated, after all this is the way out of the epidemic. But when people realize that a crow is being used here, trust is broken. Perceptible factual allegiance is the be-all and end-all – especially when the oath permeates certain segments of the population. And now it is quite a difficult decision for the parents.

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