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Tomorrow, Hanoi will give children a Covid-19 vaccine

Leaders of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Hanoi on April 15 said that the city is expected to give Covid-19 vaccines to children from 5 to under 12 years old from tomorrow (April 16). More than 1 million children were vaccinated in this batch. The vaccine used is Moderna.

Hanoi will deploy injections according to age from high to low (pre-injection for the group under 12 years old and gradually lower). The progress of the injection will also depend on the supply of the vaccine. The main deployment site is at mobile vaccination sites in schools; health stations or medical facilities for children who do not go to school, those who are cautious, delay injections.

In addition, the city also mobilized vaccination points at hospitals, domestic and non-public clinics, ministerial and branch hospitals located in the area, a number of vaccination service facilities, and at the same time strengthened support for people with disabilities. members with a certificate of vaccination safety at the injection sites.

In order to best prepare for this vaccination campaign, last week, many districts in Hanoi organized training for health workers at fixed and mobile injection sites on pre-vaccination screening and treatment. manage some post-injection reactions.

It is expected that tomorrow, Hanoi will give Covid-19 vaccines to children from 5 to under 12 years old - Photo 1.

It is expected that tomorrow, Hanoi will give Covid-19 vaccines to children from 5 to under 12 years old

Before, The Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology has allocated 72,700 doses of Covid-19 Moderna vaccine for Hanoi. This is one of two vaccines (along with Pfizer) approved by the Ministry of Health for use in children from 5 to under 12 years old for urgent needs in the prevention and control of the Covid-19 epidemic.

The dose of Moderna vaccine for children is 1/2 of the basic dose compared to the dose used for adults. Moderna vaccine is available as a white to off-white injectable suspension. The 0.25 ml pediatric dose contains 50 mcg of Covid-19 vaccine mRNA (encapsulated in lipid nanoparticles).

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health officially launched a campaign to vaccinate against Covid-19 for children from 5 to under 12 years old. Quang Ninh is the first locality in the country to deploy injections for 6th grade students.

According to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Duong Thi Hong, Deputy Director of the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, To safely inject children, parents need to note:

– Before vaccination, it is necessary to monitor whether the child eats and sleeps normally, has problems with respiratory infections (cough, runny nose …).

– Only inject when the child is really healthy.

– For children with respiratory problems or suspected of having Covid-19 do not bring them to the vaccination point.

– At the injection point, parents need to share with the doctor about the child’s allergy and chronic disease so that the doctor can guide the doctor in that case whether to inject at the hospital or at the injection site at school.

– Before vaccination, parents need to know what vaccines their children have received and how are the reactions?

– After injection, children need to stay at the injection site for 30 minutes to closely monitor anaphylactic reactions. Continuously monitor children for the first 3 days after vaccination.

“After receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, it is necessary to monitor for unusual symptoms such as: rash, lethargy, fever… If these common symptoms increase, the child needs to be examined,” Ms. Hong said.

TS.BS. Le Kien Ngai, Head of the Department of Infection Prevention and Control, National Children’s Hospital, informed that in order to ensure the safety of immunization for children, the Ministry of Health has issued very methodical and timely guidance documents. In it, there are guidelines for screening children vaccinated at schools and hospitals.

Mr. Ngai emphasized, very important milestones that need to be followed up after vaccination are: 30 minutes, 24 hours after vaccination, the first 3 days after vaccination, 7 days after injection and 28 days after injection.

“In which, I need to pay attention to parents in the first 3 days to avoid vigorous exercise to avoid confusion with post-injection reactions,” Mr. Ngai said.

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