Vaccinations for children aged 5-11 start today

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As for the side effects of the vaccine, as shown after 11 million doses worldwide, they are analogous to the usual vaccines. Slight fever or local reaction at the injection site.

About 30,000 children will start going to vaccination centers today to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Our country received the first 60,000 doses of children’s vaccines of the companies Pfizer / BioNTec.

As of December 10, thousands of parents are already visiting the platform emvolio.gov.gr and make vaccination appointments against Covid-19 for their children and until yesterday afternoon it amounted to 31,000.

This is the population group that last joined “Freedom“, With the experts of the National Vaccination Committee to collect without haste all the data and data for its safe coverage “Tender of this age” as the President of the Committee, Emeritus Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Mrs. Maria Theodoridou.

Access to the dating platform opened last Friday, however appointments ran out quickly as they were “linked” to the available vaccine doses. The first batch of vaccines that arrived the day before yesterday included 60,000 vaccines and the next is expected in January.

Lower dose for children

The vaccine given to children contains 1/3 of the adult dose of antigen and the regimen used is two doses with an interval of 21 days. In case a child is ill, the vaccine is given after three months.

In terms of side effects, as shown after 11 million doses worldwide, they are analogous to standard vaccines. That is, a slight fever or local reaction at the injection site.

The group of children 5 to 11 years old, as well as the groups of older children, include children who have a chronic disease.

Where will the vaccinations take place?

Vaccinations are performed in Primary Care structures and in Hospitals and in the first phase there will be vaccination centers for pediatric vaccines in 75 areas of Greece. More vaccination centers and Health Centers will be gradually added.

In Attica The vaccinations will take place at 5 vaccination points: at Agia Sofia Children’s Hospital, at Pentelis Children’s Hospital, at the Voula Asclepieion, at the Agia Sofia Health Center in Piraeus and at the Peristeri Health Center.

Also, in the islands and in the remote areas, “cruise vaccinations” will be applied, as was done with the first and the second dose.

The five main reasons for vaccinating children

The reasons why the National Vaccination Committee made the unanimous recommendation for the immunization of children were briefly presented by the chair of the Committee during the briefing the day before yesterday. As Mrs. Theodoridou said, the coronary vaccination:

– will protect children from infection and its complications

– allow them to attend education and all their activities in the community without hindrance

– will reduce the spread of the virus in the environment

– will indirectly protect vulnerable people close to children

– will significantly contribute to the reduction of virus mutations.

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