The Center for Disease Control of Ho Chi Minh City estimates that 950,000 children 5-11 years old who have attended school and 20,000 children who have not attended school are eligible to be vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as the Ministry of Health has instructions.
Nguyen Hong Tam (Deputy Director in charge of the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control – HCDC), said the above at a press conference on epidemic prevention, on the afternoon of February 14. Currently, the Ministry of Health has not provided detailed instructions on vaccination for 5-11 year olds, but the Department of Health advises the City People’s Committee on the vaccination plan for this group of children.
Specifically, all children aged 5-11 living in the city are vaccinated. With 950,000 children going to school, the education sector will make a specific list. For children who have not yet attended school, the Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs makes a list. “As soon as the Ministry of Health has instructions, the city will immediately administer the injection,” said Mr. Tam.
It is expected that the first and second vaccination campaign for children will take place in 30 days, with the interval between the two injections guided by the Ministry of Health. In the meantime, HCDC has trained medical staff to store vaccines, manipulate injections, handle accident cases… to best prepare for safe injections for children.
Mr. Tam did not say whether the city has surveyed young parents in this age group about the Covid vaccine and what percentage of families agree.
However, he said: “In case the family does not agree to have the child vaccinated, the child can still go to school normally, the locality tries to convince the family to agree.”
According to him, children going back to school will be at great risk of infection. Therefore, the education and health sectors are always vigilant, preparing the best for the handling and monitoring process when there is F0, F1, and trying not to spread the epidemic in the school.
Thus, Ho Chi Minh City is the first locality to determine the number of children aged 5-11 who are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine.
Regarding the idea that children with Covid-19 will be milder than adults, Ms. Nguyen Thi Huynh Mai (Chief of the Office of the Health Department of Ho Chi Minh City) said that medical experts in the world and in the city all agree that “at the time of This is too early to judge that Covid-19 has no or little effect on children.” It is still too early to treat Covid-19 like a seasonal flu and treat it like a common illness.
“Through monitoring of infected cases, it can be seen that the rate of severe disease transfer and death of children is not as high as that of adults. However, care should be taken because children with underlying diseases are still likely to die when infected. Therefore, as soon as there is a local schedule, parents should send their children to get injections, encourage and take care of them after the injection,” shared Mai.
In December 2021, the Prime Minister assigned agencies to research and consult with competent authorities on the plan of vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 years, in order to soon reopen schools in the provinces. By January, the Ministry of Health said that it had developed a plan, proposed to buy 21.9 million doses of Pfizer vaccine to inject children and was approved by the Government.
VnExpress Surveyed readers’ opinions from January 6 to now about giving their children the Covid-19 vaccine. As a result, 68% disagreed (out of 199,331 participants), 30% agreed and 2% disagreed. Meanwhile, on February 9, the Ministry of Health said that it had surveyed more than 415,000 parents in 63 provinces and cities, with more than 60% agreeing to the injection, 1.9% agreeing, 29.1% considering it, 7. 6% agree if required.