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The question of the day: When will the vaccination of children from 5 years begin?

Lima, December 16, 2021Updated 12/16/2021 01:40 pm

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The Minister of Health, Hernando Cevallos, reported yesterday that the General Directorate of Medicines, Supplies and Drugs (Digemid) authorized the entry of vaccines for older children between the ages of five and 11 in the country.

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With this, immunization is expected to begin in the first fortnight of January next year. This protection strategy will facilitate the return to face-to-face classes. Their vaccination is also important because although there has been a higher incidence of serious cases and deaths in older adults, according to data from the Minsa 823 children have died from covid-19 in the country.

The vaccine that will be used will be that of Pfizer, which is already used for adolescents between 12 and 17 years of age in the country. According to Cevallos, Pfizer vaccines for children between 5 and 11 years old will arrive in new batches of vaccine in January.

This vaccine was emergency authorized by the FDA, the US Federal Agency for Medicines, in October after analyzing data from clinical trials. Clinical tests demonstrated an efficacy of 90.7% in the prevention of symptomatic forms of COVID-19 in this age group.

Remember that adolescents between 12 and 17 years of age have been vaccinated since last November with the Pfizer doses. As they are minors, the parent or guardian is the one who signs the informed consent for the application of the vaccine to be carried out. Only in this age group the goal is 3 million adolescents, of which 73.2% already have their first dose and 51.9% the full doses.

Currently, the total coverage of double-dose vaccination is 73% in the country.

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