They are neither more contagious nor more seriously ill. The kids are a full stop in this pandemic of coronavirus, so what from the Valencian Association of Pediatrics they do not believe it is essential that they are vaccinated before the school year begins, just as the Minister of Education has raised. Isabel Celáa, revealed this Thursday that the vast majority of students over 12 will begin to be vaccinated the first week of September.
For pediatricians there are very clear priorities. It’s not so much about the age range as about the children who are most at risk. The most important thing is to promptly vaccinate children with serious diseases, such as lung problems, kidney disease or heart disease, which prevent them from attending class in person. These guys have us very worried, ”says María Garcés, member of the board of directors of the Valencian Pediatric Society.
Specialists believe that the vaccination campaign must continue to be prioritized based on risk
For this professional, it is more important, as has been done so far in our country, “to focus vaccination and achieve high percentages of protected in those groups of people who by age have a higher risk of becoming infected or becoming seriously ill.” In this sense, he believes that lThe doses should reach young people between 20 and 30 years old before high schools “For his lifestyle and leisure habits” The low transmission of the virus in the classrooms supports this position. “The latest studies in the UK conclude that there are hardly any infections in schools.” Another issue is the ethical dimension with which the vaccination process is being developed worldwide. “The priority is that the doses reach countries that are not currently reaching and that is essential to end the pandemic,” explains Garcés, who is also a member of the Vaccine Advisory Committee of the Spanish Association of Pediatrics.
They remember the low levels of contagion that have been registered in schools during this pandemic year
On May 28, the European Medicines Agency approved recommending the extension of the age of use of the Comirnaty vaccine (Pfizer) to adolescents 12 years of age or older. The recommendation for use of this vaccine in children is the same as in the previously authorized groups, that is, in two doses with an interval of three weeks between the first and the second. María Garcés explains that the results of the studies of this vaccine in children have yielded excellent results, “with one hundred percent efficacy in preventing the disease.”
It is still unknown how vaccination of the children between 12 and 17 years old, if it will be done in the schools themselves or at mass vaccination points as was done in the case of teachers. From the Ministry of Education they indicated on Wednesday their willingness to be at the disposal of the Ministry of Health for this next step in the vaccination campaign.
The Central Sindical Independiente y de Civil Servants (CSIF) has asked the Ministry of Education for more information on the administration of the second dose of the vaccine to the personnel of educational centers so that the process can be “streamlined and concrete”.
The union central wants the administration “to offer more details, because to date it has only announced that it will start the summons on June 21 and plans to end them on July 12”.
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The first wave of the pandemic forced postponement of many appointments to vaccinate childrens, especially the older ones. Since September, pediatricians faced the titanic task of recovering all these appointments so that their patients were protected one hundred percent. “The Ministry of Health has not yet provided us with coverage data, but our feeling is that the vaccination rate prior to the pandemic has already recovered,” says María Garcés, member of the board of directors of the Valencian Pediatric Society. After the first wave of the pandemic, vaccination of minors suffered notably. The first dose of vaccine triple viral of the 12 months, for example, it fell by 44% in March and 54% in April. Much more important was the decline in vaccines recommended but not funded by Health: the first dose of the vaccine antimeningocócica B it had a decrease of 55% and 376% in March and April, respectively. Now it seems that the situation has been normalized pending official data from the Ministry of Health. On the other hand, in health centers, according to María Garcés, healthcare activity is also recovering almost one hundred percent. Of course, there is still a certain percentage of telephone consultations, “which provide more comfort to parents and we allow us to regulate the capacity in the waiting rooms of the centers to avoid contagion of covid.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.