Officially deploying Covid-19 vaccine for children under 12 years old
According to Ministry of HealthToday, April 14, Quang Ninh is the first locality in the country to deploy injections Covid-19 vaccine for children from 5 to under 12 years old.
Prof. Dr. Phan Trong Lan, Director of the Department of Preventive Medicine (Ministry of Health), said that according to a survey of 63 provinces and cities, an estimated 11.8 million children from 5 to under 12 years old Covid-19 vaccine is required. In which, it is estimated that about 3.6 million children have been infected with Covid-19 and 8.2 million children have not yet contracted Covid-19.
Therefore, the first batch will be administered to children who have not yet contracted Covid-19; Each child receives the full basic dose of 2 vaccines. It is expected that in July – August, all children from 5 to under 12 years old will be eligible for vaccination.
Immunization experts say that vaccination after being infected will increase immunity, contributing to limiting the risk of re-infection and limiting post-Covid-19 syndrome.
Information about supply
Assoc. This is the first batch of vaccines with nearly 1 million doses received by the Australian Government and the Ministry of Health over the weekend.
On April 14, the first locality in the country, Quang Ninh, will launch a campaign to vaccinate children from 5 to under 12 years old. It is expected that in the next week the vaccination for this group of children will be carried out simultaneously in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and other provinces.
The need to vaccinate children who have had Covid-19
Dr. Dr. Le Kien Ngai, Head of the Department of Infection Prevention and Control – National Children’s Hospital (Hanoi), said that children who have been infected with Covid-19 can still get it again. When a child has been infected with Covid-19, the risk of severe development, or the post-Covid-19 situation affects health and study. Therefore, after recovering from Covid-19, children still need to be vaccinated.
Dr. Ngai also noted that parents need to have their children vaccinated against Covid-19 after 3 months of being infected. During the screening, medical staff will conduct a comprehensive assessment, advise and prescribe Covid-19 vaccine for children to ensure safety in accordance with professional regulations and guidelines.
Also according to Assoc. The vaccine is contraindicated in children with a history of allergy to the vaccine and in children who have had a severe reaction to the first dose of the vaccine.
According to the Ministry of Health, there are currently two types of Covid-19 vaccines that are given to children from 5 to under 12 years old Pfizer and the Moderna vaccine. The interval between two injections is 4 weeks, only 2 injections of the same type are injected.
According to Ms. Hong, the vaccination for this group of children in other countries is being continuously monitored and updated with information from the Health Organization. world.
“The Covid-19 vaccination to reduce the incidence and complications of Covid-19 will contribute to creating a generation of workers with physical and mental health,” said Associate Professor Duong Thi Hong. .
The expert panel on vaccine use of the Ministry of Health unanimously stipulates that the minimum time for Covid-19 vaccination for children from 5 to under 12 years of age who has contracted Covid-19 is 3 months. This is a time when it is thought to be almost completely recovered, and the natural protection gained when the child is infected also declines. Therefore, vaccination for children at this time is appropriate.
(Source: Ministry of Health)
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