On May 20, 2022, the Public Health Institute of Chile (ISP) released the fourth statistical report "AEFIs after the administration of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in Chile in the pediatric and adolescent population." The findings confirm the CoronaVac® COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Sinovac Biotech Ltd., (SINOVAC) is safe for children aged 3 and above.
The report evaluated 6,946,593 SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses that were administered to children and adolescents from March 1, 2021, to February 26, 2022. More than 70% were administered with SINOVAC’s COVID-19 vaccine, which has been approved for minors as young as 3. The rest were administered with mRNA vaccine manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, which has been approved for children 5 years and older. SINOVAC manufactures the only COVID-19 vaccine that is available to children in Chile between the ages of 3 to 5.
In total, 868 adverse events following immunization (AEFI) were reported at a rate of 12.50 AEFI notifications per 100,000 doses administered. For CoronaVac®, the rate was 10.67. Among all AEFIs, 107 cases were classified as serious, at a rate of 1.54 serious AEFI notifications per 100,000 doses administered. Similarly, a lower rate of 1.31 was observed for the SINOVAC COVID-19 vaccine.
These results are consistent with prior studies supporting the safety and effectiveness of CoronaVac® for use in minors for both primary vaccination and booster shots. The latest results from pediatric phase II clinical trials in China also suggest that a third dose of CoronaVac® shows good protection against the Omicron variant, particularly in younger children aged 3 to 5 years old.
CoronaVac® has been approved for use in children and adolescents in 14 countries and regions, offering protection to more than 280 million children worldwide.