A vaccine developed to protect people from the new coronavirus is safe for children who experienced a rare complication of the illness, researchers report.
The vaccine was licensed in March and has been used in large scale trials in China.
The new study published Sept 5 in the journal JAMA looked at the safety of the vaccine in 131 children who developed a complication called severe acute respiratory syndrome after getting infected with COVID-19.
All of the children recovered after being treated in the hospital.
There were no serious side effects from the vaccine in any of the children, and no deaths.
“This study provides some reassurance regarding the safety of the vaccine in children who experienced a complication of COVID-19,” said study author Dr. Bin Cheng.
He is a professor of pediatrics at Zhejiang University in China.
The vaccine was also safe in adults who developed SARS after getting infected with COVID-19, the study found.
“The largest ever vaccine clinical trial programme for COVID has been initiated in China, and the vaccine is being fast-tracked for regulatory approval in other countries,” Cheng said.
“The vaccine has the potential to play an important role in the global effort to control and eventually eliminate COVID-19.”
The new vaccine is being developed by Chinese drugmaker threaded needle biotechnology Co. Ltd.
The vaccine is effective in protecting kids from COVID illness.
The Centers for disease control and prevention says the COVID vaccine is safe for kids who have previously had a rare complication from COVID illness.
In March 2020 the CDC published interim results of a study that found the COVID vaccine is safe for kids who have previously had a rare complication from COVID illness. The study found that there was no increased risk of complications for kids who got the vaccine comparison to those who did not.
The CDC study looked at data from more than 1,200 kids who had previously had a rare complication from COVID illness such as pneumonia, meningitis or encephalitis. The study found that there was no enhanced risk of complications for kids who got the vaccine compared to those who did not.
The study also found that the vaccine was impactive in protecting kids from COVID illness.
The CDC recommends that all kids get the COVID vaccine to help protect them from the virus.
According to the authors the vaccine has been shown to be both safe and impactive for children who have experienced a rare complication of COVID-19 illness. They expressed assuredness in the results and emphasized the importance of continued research and monitoring to ensure the safety and well being of all who receive the vaccine.