The Minister of Health of the province of Buenos Aires, Nicolas Kreplak, described this Wednesday, November 24, as “really worrying“that near the 35% of children ages 3 to 11 are not signed up for the coronavirus vaccine and asked to “sit down and reflect” on the importance of the population being immunized before next winter arrives.
“We have registered 65% of the population between 3 and 11 years old; that is, there are 35% of boys who have not done so,” he said. Kreplak, who attributed this situation to lack of information and the fear that some parents may have of immunization, among other factors.
In addition, he maintained that the Buenos Aires government will launch a “awareness campaign from now until the end of the year for teachers to have a pedagogical module on the importance of vaccines and that they talk about it in the classes (so that) they can also invite parents to be trained in this regard. ”
In this sense, he expressed that “there is a group that parents who may be afraid of the vaccine that their children will receive, especially if the media talks about complaints regarding the origin of vaccines “, and he remarked that” having between 35 and 40% of children not vaccinated is really worrying. ”
In statements to the radio Urbana Play, the head of the Buenos Aires health portfolio described as “an outrage” the complaint made against the Minister of National Health, Carla Vizzotti, for the vaccination in boys and girls with the immunizer Sinopharm and affirmed that “it does not make any sense from the regulatory, scientific, epidemiological, sanitary point of view, but it generates doubts and a lot of damage questioning the origin of vaccines“.
The vaccination campaign against the coronavirus for boys and girls from 3 to 11 years old with two doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, after the approval of the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (Anmat), began on October 12 at different points. of the country with balloons, garlands, lollipops, wigs and bows to make the immunization process more enjoyable.
Before and after that moment, vaccination of this population was recommended and defended by recognized specialists. On October 14, the pediatrician and director of the Garrahan Hospital, Oscar Trotta, argued that the vaccination of children “protects adults from their environment and allows them to reach the herd immunity “.
“We must try to have the largest number of immunized inhabitants to be able to corner the virus, if Argentina wants to achieve herd immunity, it has to incorporate those 6,000,000 boys,” he proposed.
A day before it had been the Ombudsman for the Rights of Girls, Boys and Adolescents, which leads Marisa Graham, who supported the start of vaccination for children from 3 to 11 years old while urging the adult population to accompany minors to get vaccinated “providing consent when appropriate for this to be possible.”
To clear up any doubts, on November 9 the Argentine Society of Pediatrics (SAP) released a document in which he pointed out the reasons for vaccinating children and adolescents, at the same time that he considered that drugs against the coronavirus proved to be “safe and effective.”
Among the reasons listed by the SAP for which this age group must complete the vaccination schedules is that of “decrease the transmission of new variants “such as Delta or Gamma, achieve herd immunity or protect families.
On November 19 the National Commission for Vaccine Safety (CoNaSeVa) released a report with what Adverse effects reported after the application of more than 4 million doses of Pfizer, Sinopharm and Moderna to girls, boys and adolescents.
With data analyzed up to October 31, it was concluded that “2,796,720 doses were applied to adolescents and 484 Esavi (events supposedly attributable to vaccination or immunization) were recorded” with a rate of 17.3 per 100,000 doses applied.
Meanwhile, “1,932,165 doses were applied to boys and girls and 153 Esavi were registered,” with a rate of 7.9 per 100,000 doses applied. ”
Consequently, the infectious disease doctor Daniel Stecher, a member of the CoNaSeVa, concluded that “the safety profile of these vaccines is very good, because the frequency of adverse events and their severity is similar to the adult population and can also be compared with that of other countries. “” Vaccines are safe, “confirmed the infectologist.
Against this background, Kreplak recalled that it is possible that “there may be in the summer some regrowth“And he said that” yes, we hope “that there will be it in the winter, for which he considered it necessary to advance in completing the vaccination schedules.
“The cold has to catch us with a much higher vaccination percentage“, he stressed while showing concern for the plateau in vaccination in the population of people between 18 and 39 years.
“When the intensity of the pandemic decreases, the group that is perceived to be the least at risk is the one that is vaccinated the least,” explained the provincial official.