The Government’s plan to accelerate pediatric vaccination

Currently, 67% of girls and boys between the ages of 3 and 11 have started their vaccination schedule.

The ministries of Health and Education will meet next Wednesday with the Argentine Society of Pediatrics (SAP), UNICEF, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and other organizations to encourage vaccination against Covid-19 and other diseases in children and adolescents during the summer.

The objective is complete schemes in the age range for the beginning of the school year and in a context of strong increase in cases powered by the Omicron variant.

“During the meeting we are going to work on various axes. First, During the summer we want to accelerate vaccination in pediatrics, not only against Covid-19 but also that of other vaccines on the National Calendar, so that at the beginning of the school year we have the most favorable situation possible, “the Health Minister, Carla Vizzotti, told the Telam news agency.

The official explained that “Currently 67% of girls and boys from 3 to 11 years old started their vaccination scheme against Covid-19 in Argentina and 45% completed it; that’s very good considering that we started in October and what we see is that it continues to increase, it has not stagnated at any time “.

Nevertheless, one of the objectives of this meeting will be to “promote” more this vaccination “so that the majority begin the school year with the complete scheme for individual benefit and collective impact. “

The minister explained that this impulse “not only points to Covid-19 but to all the vaccines of the National Calendar for prevent that after this pandemic we have outbreaks of some of the immunopreventable diseases that we were able to eliminate thanks to vaccines “. As an example, he pointed out that “we are seeing measles outbreaks in some countries of the world that we are very concerned about; one of those countries is Brazil, which is very close.”

In this sense, the head of the health portfolio reported that “Overall vaccination coverage for girls, boys and adolescents has dropped between five and ten points since the pandemic began for the extramural activities that could not be done and the people who did not approach the vaccination centers “.

NEW PROTOCOLS FOR THE START OF CLASSES

Another objective of next Wednesday’s meeting will be to work on the protocols “in this new scenario, which is totally different from what we have been experiencing so far with the other variants,” he said.

Vizzotti expressed that the objective is to be able to elaborate in the coming weeks “new recommendations” for the next school year based on the review carried out together with scientific societies, the Federal Health Council (Cofesa) and the Federal Council of Education (CFE).

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NUMBERS OF PANDEMIC IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

Since the beginning of the pandemic 158,103 girls and boys between 0 and 9 years old and 529,535 between 10 and 19 years old have been diagnosed with coronavirus in Argentina; while 309 children under the age of 19 died, according to official information.

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