Health experts advising the government on Covid-19 and state officials along with Cyprus Pediatrician Society representatives are meeting later on Thursday to decide whether children aged 12-15 could be vaccinated.
Views vary with some scientists believing if younger teenagers are included in the inoculation programme this could help protect vulnerable youngsters and relatives and prepare the way for a return to school in September.
Others are against the inoculation of youngsters and are sending the message that vaccination of children won’t solve all problems sparked by the pandemic at schools.
Moreover, some of the scientists repeated on Wednesday that the provision of specific data by associates, officials and departments of the Ministry of Health is needed urgently before an informed decision can be taken.
One of them, Dr Constantinos Tsioutis, pointed out that the systematic and timely recording and analysis of data is considered an integral part of the proper and targeted management of the pandemic.
“This is something we have emphasized since the beginning of the pandemic but we are constantly asking for updated data, so that our own proposals are correct and adapted to that,” he added.