Risks and Benefits Evaluating the Case for Vaccinating Children

German federal and state governments want to vaccinate children and adolescents against COVID-19 as quickly as possible. But does that make sense from a medical perspective? Experience in Israel has shown that infection numbers, even with the B.1.1.7 mutant circulating, can be lowered without vaccinating kids.
A young school pupil is given a vaccine to protect her against COVID-19 in the United States: Germany has yet to decide on whether to immunize children.

A young school pupil is given a vaccine to protect her against COVID-19 in the United States: Germany has yet to decide on whether to immunize children.

Foto: Hannah Beier / REUTERS
DER SPIEGEL 22/2021
SPIEGEL International
“Young people have kept their feet still for 14 months. Felix was quarantined four times!”
“We don’t vaccinate to help people go to school."
“Our daily new infections are now at close to zero. And we managed to do that without vaccinating the under-16s.”