Did the World Health Organization actually say that children should not be vaccinated against COVID-19?
There is an image circulating on social media that suggests the World Health Organization says “children should be not vaccinated for the moment.”
This quote is outdated, and has since been updated by the World Health Organization.
For background, there are two important things to know about this:
- The WHO was advocating for lower income countries that do not yet have enough vaccine to immunize higher risk groups such as the elderly or health care workers. Canada and many other countries like the US and the UK are further ahead, and we have enough vaccine to now include children as authorized by regulators (currently age 12+).
The WHO has since changed their page to have a more global perspective, and it no longer includes the line that was circulating online, because it was being taken out of context.
- On that same World Health Organization page, it says clearly: “WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) has concluded that the Pfizer/BionTech vaccine is suitable for use by people aged 12 years and above.”