On the morning of January 25, a representative of the Department of Preventive Medicine said that the Ministry of Health is waiting for the World Health Organization’s approval and recommendations on vaccination for children 5-11 years old.
According to a representative of the Department of Preventive Health, it is not clear when the vaccination will be implemented for this age group, because it is necessary to be cautious and objective on the basis of references from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the vaccination programs of countries. “We will deploy injections as soon as WHO recommends,” he said.
The head of the Department of Preventive Medicine also said that the WHO currently does not have any official recommendations on vaccination for children 5-11 years old. Therefore, the Government requested the Ministry of Health to organize consultation workshops on vaccination for this age group, together with WHO and related organizations.
Dr. Pham Quang Thai (Head of the Northern Expanded Immunization Office) said that the Ministry of Health is working with manufacturers to have a vaccine for this age group as soon as possible, but the company has not announced a specific time. supply to Vietnam. Previously, the Ministry of Health proposed to buy 21.9 million doses of Pfizer vaccine, inject it for about 11 million children 5-11 years old, accepting that there may be an excess of the vaccine. In December 2021, the Prime Minister assigned agencies to study injection options for children aged 5 and older. Ho Chi Minh City has also proposed to the Ministry of Health to allow vaccination of children 3-12 years old by the end of November 2021.
According to Dr. Thai, children infected with Covid-19 do not develop as severely as adults, but they may experience permanent sequelae that cause health deterioration and affect children’s development. Meanwhile, many vaccine trials have shown that children are safe when injecting because the dose is only one-third that of adults. Children 5-11 years old mostly have not entered puberty, have not undergone the body’s hormone changes, so there are few side effects after injection.
In addition, vaccinating children reduces the risk of community transmission. This is the basis for the safe opening of schools in the near future. “Therefore, children aged 5-11 should be vaccinated against Covid-19 to proactively protect their health and return to normal life soon,” said Dr. Thai.
Up to now, more than 20 countries have vaccinated children 5-11 years old, such as: USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Cuba, Chile, Israel, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE…
Vietnam is implementing Covid-19 vaccination coverage for people over 18 years old, promoting the third dose and vaccination for children 12-17 years old. By 6pm on January 24, more than 176.4 million doses had been injected, of which the first injection was more than 78.8 million doses, the second injection was more than 73.7 million doses, and the third injection (additional/reinforced injections and shots) 3 basic doses) more than 23.7 million doses.
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