Behind the endorsement of Invima to apply the Sinovac vaccine in children older than 6 years, the Ministry of Health is preparing to start with this task in which some 4,000 minors would be immunized who, according to that national authority, are waiting to receive your scheme.
As confirmed by the head of that portfolio, Fernando Ruiz, the Ministry is analyzing, with the help of the committee of experts and the Colombian Association of Pediatrics, the parameters that will be used to initiate vaccination against covid-19 in the age group 6 to 11 years of age.
For now, experts have agreed that the benefits of getting the vaccine are greater than the chances of risk. The Council of Experts in Colombia, made up of the Colombian Association of Immunology, the Colombian Association of Infectious Diseases and the Colombian Society of Pediatrics, issued a statement giving its approval of the process.
“The benefits of vaccination against preventable diseases in children are undeniable, they reduce the burden of disease, hospitalization and death. (…) Given the accumulated experience in vaccination against the virus and the advancement of the vaccination plan in Colombia, the start of vaccination in the population between 6 and 12 years of age should be considered”Said the council.
In addition, the specialists indicated that, if possible and until better evidence is available, children between 6 and 12 years of age with special immunosuppressive conditions or chronic diseases are at higher risk of infection and complications from covid-19, “They should be prioritized to receive the vaccines with the greatest demonstrated effectiveness.”
Although there is still no specific date to start vaccination of this group, the Ministry already has enough scientific support it would need to start the process.
Finally, the experts referred to the need for immunization to expedite the return of minors to the classroom: “it is expected that the vaccines against covid-19 contribute, together with the other measures already known, to a safe return to the face-to-face classes, which reduce the impact on mental, physical and social health that the pandemic has had on them“Concluded the statement.