SARS-CoV-2 infections in healthy children and adolescents up to 18 years of age usually proceed without problems. According to the new conviction of the STIKO, children and adolescents therefore do not require vaccination (as of April 25, 2023).
Current findings as the basis for decision
Should we have our child vaccinated against COVID-19? This question moves many parents. The topic is often discussed controversially and parents as well as children have a lot of questions about it. There is no vaccination obligation for children in Germany. The decision for or against vaccination is up to you and your child..
During the pandemic, the epidemiologic situation of COVID-19 has changed significantly. The virus has not disappeared, but severe courses have become much rarer due to the baseline immunity achieved in the population.
Until now, parents of 5- to 18-year-old children were advised to have their children vaccinated against coronavirus. On April 25, 2023, the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) updated its COVID-19 vaccination recommendations. For healthy children and adolescents, the recommendations for vaccination are completely eliminated. Safety concerns in the vaccination of healthy children and adolescents, however, do not exist..