In a few days, Argentina will start vaccination against Covid-19 in children from 6 months and up to 3 years. It is estimated that in Mendoza there are about 75,000 children who will access the campaign, which will start next week.
According to official data, between this Friday and Saturday some 140,000 doses from the Moderna laboratory will arrive in the province, that will be applied not only to children between 6 months and 3 years of age who have not yet started their primary scheme, but They will also serve as a booster for 3- and 4-year-olds who have already completed their scheme with Sinopharm.
Prior to the start of the campaign, the National Health authorities have reported that “Argentina will become one of the first countries in the world to incorporate this age group into the vaccination campaign against the coronavirus.”
The pandemic continues, but the fear is over
Unlike what happened months ago, when children between the ages of 3 and 11 began to access the coronavirus vaccination to avoid getting infected, there were many doubts that arose from the parents themselves.
Many refused to immunize their children, others, advised by their own pediatricians, agreed. Today, the panorama is different and, apparently, the fear of contagion has passed.
“There are very few queries I have had regarding this vaccination,” commented to Sun the pediatrician Barbara Peñalosa.
For her part, Ana Houdek, a pediatrician and local member of the Argentine Society of Pediatrics, assured that “there is little dissemination on the subject, while parents have hardly asked about your application”.
“We estimate that the campaign will start next week and there, yes, the parents’ doubts and queries will resurface,” he added.
The opinions of the parents of boys who are part of this age group are diverse, some warned that as soon as the campaign starts it will immunize them, while others have assumed that “Since the pandemic is no longer so severe, they have been left to be,” however, they noted that As soon as the doses arrive, there will be time to vaccinate the minors.
For the World Health Organization, “vaccines against Covid-19 protect against this disease because they induce immunity against the SARS-Cov-2 virus that causes it, reduce the risk that it will cause symptoms and have consequences for health. “.
Regarding the symptoms that children must face when inoculated, the specialists expressed that in the same way that happens with the adult population, the symptoms that these doses can generate in children and adolescents are not serious.
According to the pediatricians consulted, some type of discomfort may appear, but it does not prevail over time.
Among the most common discomforts can be mentioned:
- Slight fever).
- Muscle pains.
- Slight decay.
Details to consider
All children who are part of this age segment will have access to doses from the Modern laboratory that has the recommendation of the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT) and the National Immunization Commission (CoNaIn), and the support of scientific societies, including the Argentine Society of Pediatrics (SAP).
Although the place(s) of inoculation have not yet been defined, it did come out that It is very likely that the Central Vaccination Center, some health centers and the offices set up for this purpose are the spaces for immunization of minors.
Regarding the doses they will receive, it will depend on their ages and whether or not they have their complete primary scheme:
Primary scheme for girls and boys from 6 months to 2 years, 11 months and 29 days:
• They will receive 2 doses of Modern vaccine. The data to take into account is that both vaccines have to be separated by an interval that goes between 21 and 28 days.
Primary scheme for girls and boys of 3 and 4 years:
• If the minor did not start the primary schedule, they will receive 2 doses of Moderna vaccine, separated by 21-28 days.
Booster dose in girls and boys aged 3 and 4 years (complete schedule with Sinopharm):
•Minors who completed their primary regimen with two doses of Sinopharm are required to receive a booster from the Moderna laboratory. The same must be applied 120 days after the last placement.
Vaccination in Mendoza
According to the data provided by the Public Vaccination Monitor, In Mendoza, 4,826,398 have been distributed, of which 4,377,303 doses of different brands have been placed. Meanwhile, 1,024,924 Mendocinos have already completed their scheme with two vaccines.