Many Vietnamese parents in the US want their children to be vaccinated soon amid the current complicated situation of Covid-19 with many new strains.
Nine months after the US began rolling out the Covid-19 vaccination plan for people, 73% of people aged 12 in the country had received at least one dose and 63% had received all of them. However, US health officials have not yet expanded the target audience to vaccinate children under 12 years old, about 15% of the population.
This makes many parents in the US worry that their children may be infected with nCoV and pass the virus on to those around them.
“My first baby is 8 years old and the second one is just a month old. Both are not old enough to be vaccinated against Covid-19 as prescribed in the US. This makes me really worried,” said Ms. Kim Tuyen, a Vietnamese. live in Houston, Texas, share with VnExpress.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer vaccine for children 12-15 years old in May. Moderna is waiting for FDA approval of its vaccine for children 12-17 years old, after when applying for emergency use authorization in June. The FDA may soon give the green light for this vaccine, according to Insider.
Pfizer and Moderna began clinical trials in the younger age group in March, and the results of the study have not yet been published. Pfizer is expected to have data on the effectiveness of the vaccine for the 5-11 age group by the end of September. Scott Gottlieb, a former FDA commissioner, thinks the agency may “green light” to vaccinate children under 12 years old in late fall or winter.
“I support the expansion of immunization for children,” Ms. Tuyen said. “Pregnant women and children are the subjects that need more protection.”
Ms. Tuyen said that she had injected a Moderna injection and will have a second injection in more than 10 days. Vaccinating makes her feel more secure, in the context of an increasing epidemic in the US recently.
“The time I injected the government, I gave each person 100 USD, and at the same time continued to recommend that people get vaccinated,” she said.
The United States, the world’s largest epidemic region, has reported more than 41.5 million infections and more than 673,000 deaths since the outbreak. With the emergence of the Delta strain, the number of infections in the US has increased sharply recently, with more than 100,000 cases per day.
Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on September 9 that the current high infection rate could somewhat hinder the US plan to return to normal life. “Given the size of our country, we can’t get around 100,000 infections a day. The number has to drop below 10,000 before people start to feel comfortable,” Fauci said.
Phuong Nguyen, who lives in the city of Sugar Land, Texas, said he is also ready to immunize his two children if the US expands its vaccination plan for the under-12 group.
“I have two children, three years old and one and a half years old. If the vaccination plan is approved, I will have two children vaccinated,” Phuong said, saying that he was quite worried about his two children when they had not been vaccinated, especially is when the Delta strain spreads rapidly.
The seven-day average of new infections through September 9 in Texas is more than 19,000, up 16% over the past two weeks, while the number of deaths has also increased by 36%, according to the report. NYTimes. Texas has recorded more than 3.78 million infections and nearly 59,500 deaths since the outbreak. 70% of Texas 12-year-olds have had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and 59% have completed the vaccination program.
“The majority of people infected and died from Covid-19 in the US are people who have not been vaccinated,” Tuyen said. “Many people don’t believe in vaccines and don’t even believe there is an epidemic.”
Tuyen added that she and her family also often wear masks, keep a safe distance from people around and limit going to crowded places to avoid the risk of infection.
In addition to measures to encourage and call for vaccination, the US also began to take stronger measures to boost vaccination rates to curb the spread of the Delta strain. The White House announced that President Joe Biden’s administration will require companies with 100 or more employees to vaccinate all workers or conduct weekly nCoV tests. The measure is expected to affect about 80 million people.
“I would like to ask unvaccinated Americans, what are you waiting for or is there anything else you need to consider?” Biden said. “We’ve made vaccinations free, safe, and convenient. The vaccine is FDA-approved. More than 200 million Americans have had at least one dose. We were patient, but patience has limits. term”.