COVID-19 vaccination in children as a global dilemma through an ethical lens: a retrospective review

Masoud Assadi, Mehrzad Kiani, Ehsan Shamsi Gooshki, Zeinab Aryanian, Zeinab M. Afshar, Parvaneh Hatami

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Background and Aims: COVID-19 pandemic led to a need to rapidly vaccinate as many people as possible. Children are an important part of the population with different characteristics which vaccinating them is a matter of great importance as it should be decided considering all aspects and ethics. Here, we present different aspects of COVID vaccination in children including the potential challenges. Methods: We searched on PubMed, Google Scholar and Scopus in this regard, and all of the relevant papers published until June 28, 2021 were included if we could access their full-texts. Results: We found various expert opinions in this regard and tried to summarized them. Saving lives has similar ethical value as preventing evitable adverse event. Accordingly, mandating the children to receive the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, needs risk-benefit weighing with special consideration of ethical challenges. Conclusion: Considering the vast range of benefits resulted from pediatric vaccination both for the children and the community, implementing the program in a scientific manner and also with the least financial expenses for the families seems to be reasonable and makes it both ethical and moral.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere976
Number of pages7
JournalHealth Science Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • COVID-19 vaccine
  • ethical issues
  • moral issues
  • pediatric population

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