The Government began a new phase of vaccination against the coronavirus by including children from 6 to 11 years old. They receive the Sinovac vaccine.
The Ministry of Public Health (MSP) analysis the possibility also to place the vaccine Sinovac against the coronavirus to 5-year-old children as it is done, since last Monday, with the infants from 6 to 11 years old.
In a statement, that State portfolio, on October 13, had reported that for those of 5 years to 5 years with 11 months and 29 days the vaccine will be used Pfizer and for those of 6 years to 11 years with 11 months and 29 days the of Sinovac.
According the Minister of Health, Ximena Garzón, the Advisory Commission on Immunization Practices has recommended in addition to using the Sinovac vaccine keep an eye on the effects that can be attributed to vaccinations.
For that advisory group, according to the official, the Sinovac vaccine is safe and effective in the population aged 5 to 11 years, to prevent deaths or worsening of the coronavirus disease.
Children from 6 to 11 years old already receive doses against COVID-19 in Ecuador
“These adverse effects must be reported and we must also promote, as far as possible, over a long period of time, with the universities the effectiveness studies; we are doing this at the moment in the Ministry of Public Health ”, said Garzón, in a dialogue with the media.
The official added that once the vaccination is finished Information will be collected from children between 6 and 11 years old, the statistical variables that are needed to determine the effectiveness in the local population.
He added that they could be presented, as with all vaccines, arm pain, maybe a little fever, malaise, among others.
In addition to childhood vaccination is essential because in other countries there have been outbreaks of community contagion and the cases of mortality in children have risen.
He added that with the inoculation that population can be protected, as well as to arrive at the so-called herd immunity.
“It has also been determined that children are often healthy carriers of this disease and they continue to carry the virus to people who have immune problems or to older adults and other people who have not been vaccinated, so it is very important to continue vaccinating the child population ”, he added.
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Vaccination for 5-year-olds would be at late October or early November.
Regarding the vaccine for children 3 and 4 years old, Garzón indicated that in China people are vaccinated from the age of 3 with the Sinovac vaccine; however, he indicated that consider that scientific evidence should be available from more countries that they have applied that vaccine to that child population to have a solid base and make a decision.
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