Wednesday, June 16

Catalonia studies vaccinating minors between the ages of 12 and 16 in its institutes

A health worker handles a vaccine against the coronavirus.

A health worker handles a vaccine against the coronavirus.

The Students from 12 to 16 years old will be vaccinated in the institutes themselves If the immunization calendar for this age group coincides with the beginning of the course in September, the Minister of Education announced this Saturday, Josep González-Cambray.

In an interview in “El Suplement” of Catalunya Ràdio, the minister has assured that yesterday he spoke with the head of Health, Josep Maria Argimon, in relation to the vaccination of adolescents, after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) authorized the immunization of minors between 12 and 16 years of age with Pfizer.

Only if it is from September

According to González-Cambray, the objective of the Generalitat, “to make it easier”, is for students to be vaccinated in the institutes themselves, provided that the immunization of this age group begins from the month of September.

The first to be vaccinated will be adolescents with some type of dependency and, later, the rest of the young people would be inoculated in educational centers depending on the calendar: “If it is in August, obviously not”, has specified.

The minister has announced that, for the next academic year, bubble groups will continue in educational centers, although, depending on the evolution of the pandemic, decisions could later be made “to make these measures more flexible.”

Possibility of starting the course without masks

González-Cambray has advanced that it is “very possible” that the next school year will start without masks in the classroom, an option that the Department of Education defends “evidently” from a pedagogical point of view, although it will depend on how the immunity of the community advances.

Regarding the selectivity tests, the minister explained that they will be carried out with the same measures as last year and that an alternative date will be set for students who cannot do them because they are confined.

Likewise, it has guaranteed that next year they will keep the 8,000 teachers who were hired as a result of the pandemic – “the resources of the educational system are always necessary and welcome” – and he has not ruled out that these places become structural: “we consider everything.”

Regarding future changes in the university entrance exams, the Minister has been in favor of a selectivity that allows students “to learn in a much more competent and useful way.”

“We are preparing students to pass an exam, above all, and we have to prepare young people so that they have the best tools and know how to make the best decisions in life,” he explained.

For her part, in an interview in RAC 1 the head of Preventive and Epidemiological Medicine at the Vall d’Hebron Hospital, Magda Campins, defended this Saturday that rich countries should only vaccinate adolescents with underlying disease and “help” that among the poor, older people and members of essential groups can be immunized.

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