UK will give Covid-19 vaccine to 12-15 year olds

The UK expands the Covid-19 vaccination program for children 12-15 years old, due to concerns about the number of infections spreading when schools open.

The world has recorded 225,895,684 nCoV infections and 4,646,695 deaths, an increase of 396,543 and 6,449 respectively, while 200,833,036 people have recovered, according to real-time statistics site Worldometers.

Brother, the largest epidemic area in Europe and the fourth largest in the world, recorded 7,256,559 infections and 134,261 deaths. due to nCoV, an increase of 30,825 and 61 cases respectively in the past 24 hours.

“I have approved a proposal from health officials to expand the immunization program to 12-15 year olds, to protect children from Covid-19, to limit the risk of infection in schools and to help students can go to school,” UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said yesterday.

Medical staff prepare a dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Blackburn, England, in May. Photo: Reuters.

Medical staff prepare a dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Blackburn, England, in May. Photo: Reuters.

Despite the successful vaccination campaign, the number of new infections per day in the country is still high due to the Delta mutation. British officials fear the risk of infections will increase when students return to school after the summer break. Vaccination activities will be held at schools, with the consent of parents or guardians, aiming to vaccinate 3 million children in the near future.

Although rarely seriously ill, a group of teenagers can still contract the virus and infect their grandparents and parents, increasing the risk of community transmission, especially with the Delta variant.

The British government in July said children from 12 years old should only be vaccinated if they have an underlying medical condition or live with a family member who is vulnerable to Covid-19. In August, Britain changed its mind after the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI), the scientific council that advises the government, noted that the virus was spreading rapidly among young people.

The panel recommends that healthy 16-17-year-olds receive at least one dose promptly as a preventive approach. However, JCVI still refuses to “green light” vaccination for the 12-15 age group.

Israel, a country with a population of 5 million, currently records 352,447 infections and 5,092 deaths.

A survey of nearly 14,000 children and adolescents aged 3-18 years old by the Israeli Ministry of Health released on September 13 showed that 11.2% of respondents still had persistent symptoms of Covid-19 after being diagnosed with Covid-19. rehibilitate. This number drops to 1.8-4.6% within 6 months of being cured, with adolescents experiencing more symptoms.

To date, there is not much data on the effects of nCoV on children and adolescents, who are less at risk of serious complications than adults. The Israeli Ministry of Health did not mention the vaccine or its effect on symptoms.

Israel, which mainly uses Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, has so far given the third shot to about 2.8 million people after launching the campaign in August. Health officials fear the Covid-19 vaccine- 19 will gradually lose its effectiveness 5 months after injection, so a booster injection is required.

Singapore, yesterday recorded 607 new infections, the highest increase in a year, bringing the total number of infected people to 71,687, of which 58 people died.

The information comes in the context that the country is opening up step by step after more than 80% of the population is fully vaccinated and is increasing testing to detect infections in the community early.

Singapore’s Covid-19 Task Force (MTF) notes that the current wave of infections began on August 23, in which the first time the country recorded an exponential increase in new infections in the community was today. 12/9. The number of infections per day increased on average from 76 cases in the previous two weeks to 288 cases per day in the past week.

“While our vaccination rates have surpassed many other countries and are among the highest in vaccine coverage in the world, we still need to ensure that the number of new infections does not spike, causing the number of serious cases to increase. increase and overload the health system,” MTF co-chairman and Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong said during an online conference on September 11.

He said the next 2-4 weeks is a very important period for Singapore because authorities want to find out if the patient is experiencing severe symptoms.

Vu Anh (Follow Reuters)

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