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NPHET To Consider Masks For Primary School Children

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07:16 25 Nov 2021


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NPHET will consider whether children should wear masks in primary schools when it meets this morning.

It comes as nearly one in every hundred children tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

5,375 contracted the virus, according to the latest Health Protection Surveillance Centre report. That's highest infection rate of any age cohort.

However just 24 outbreaks have been liked to schools, accounting for 139 cases.

Consultant in infectious diseases, Dr Eoghan De Barra, says infection in children is generally mild;

"So thankfully the numbers of children that end up severely unwell is small. There are children who get sick with this, there are admissions to hospitals but thankfully it's a rare event."

He says the big impact on children is on their socialisation, development and education.

Vaccines for children

Meanwhile the European Medicines Agency is meeting today to discuss authorising the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children aged five to eleven.

However it's unclear if a decision on its use will be made today.

The US began rolling out the vaccine for young children earlier this month, following approval.

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