Vienna will begin vaccinating young children against COVID-19

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Children in Vienna, Austria will be able to receive a dose of a Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine from Monday, city authorities said.

A “pilot” vaccination unit will be open at the Austria Center seven days a week from 7:00 to 10:00 and from 15:00 to 19:45, the city said in a press release.

They estimate that around 200 children will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine per day, a “low number” due to the medical consultations they intend to have with their parents.

The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine has not yet been approved by the European Medicines Agency for children aged 5 to 11 years. It has been authorized in the United States for this age group.

In recent weeks, there have been rapid reports of COVID-19 in Austria, where around 65% of the total population has been vaccinated against the virus.

Infections reached all-time highs with over 10,000 new cases reported per day.

The government recently introduced a health card measure to restrict access to certain events and services to only recently vaccinated or tested people.

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