BUCHAREST, Romania — Children in Romania between 12 and 15 can start receiving COVID-19 vaccinations on Tuesday, the prime minister says.
The move follows the European Medicines Agency’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine last week for that age group.
“During this pandemic the children have suffered a lot, were isolated, and it was very difficult to explain to them every time why. This is where the idea for this program came from,” Prime Minister Florin Citu said in a government meeting Monday.
Romania has so far administered 7.8 million vaccine doses to its population of more than 19 million, but just 3.6 million have received the necessary two doses. In recent weeks the number of daily vaccine doses has dropped, raising concerns about vaccine hesitancy.
Romania has had 30,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths.