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Uruguay’s pediatrician recommends vaccination against Covid to children aged 5 to 11

U.S.A.Uruguay's pediatrician recommends vaccination against Covid to children aged...

The Uruguayan Society of Pediatrics has issued a statement recommending vaccination in children aged 5 to 11 years to combat COVID-19. EFE / Giorgio Viera

The Uruguay Pediatric Society (SUP) issued a statement saying that Supported immunization of children in the age group of 5 to 11 years in the country. “After analyzing the current epidemiological data and based on technical arguments with solid scientific backing, it recommends vaccination against COVID 19 in children of the above age group,” it said.

As part of a discussion on whether to vaccinate children against COVID-19, On September 20, the Pfizer laboratory announced that its vaccines are effective for children aged five to 11, with the first and second doses being three times lower than for children over the age of 12.

Since then, health officials in Uruguay They continue to debate whether to enable vaccination for that age group. The statement, which went into circulation last Wednesday, said that “this recommendation is made in full confidence, in line with SUP’s enduring commitment to the health of children, and with the responsibility that this institution will provide to its partners and vis-a-vis assumes. -à-vis the general population”.

In the end, he concluded by saying that “the benefits of the vaccination process are very expensive, and the Uruguay Pediatric Society, as it has done throughout its more than 100-year history, will continue to operate in a committed and responsible manner.” To protect and promote the health and well-being of all boys, girls and adolescents”.

The statement was put into circulation via social networks on Wednesday, November 17, as a result of discussions about how to vaccinate this age group of children with the Pfizer vaccine in Uruguay.
The statement was put into circulation via social networks on Wednesday, November 17, as a result of discussions about how to vaccinate this age group of children with the Pfizer vaccine in Uruguay.

The Ministry of Public Health in Uruguay announced on 24 November He will hold a meeting with the National Vaccine Advisory Commission on approval of vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 years.

The COVID-19 scenario in Uruguay is under control, with contagion in some cases, low in some property and even in dire situations. As of today, there are 1,992 active cases in the country and 19 of them are in intensive care. Even then, The people who are starting to get infected are the uninfected population, such as children.

Data on active cases of COVID-19 in Uruguay, with a total of 1,992 cases across the country, discriminated by department Source: SINAE Uruguay
Data on active cases of COVID-19 in Uruguay, with a total of 1,992 cases across the country, discriminated by department Source: SINAE Uruguay

Public Health Minister Daniel Salinas said at a news conference earlier in the month that the relationship between the two In Uruguay, 30% and 38% of infections occur in children under the age of 12 and are the only populations not yet authorized for vaccination.

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If the number of infections among children under 12 was between 30% and 38% in November, the latest report from the Ministry of Public Health indicated that E.n The total number of cases of children in September was 22%, so it increased. This change in figures alerted officials and they began to consider vaccination with a drug from the Pfizer laboratory with which the country is currently vaccinating its population.

“If this were a country with a very low percentage of children, perhaps (vaccination) would not have been so necessary; But when there is an increase in cases and children who were previously practically not infectious are now accounting for about 40% of cases, you have to be careful and it is important to reconsider vaccination,” said director of Pereira Rossel Hospital lvaro Galliana, Daily Country,

Salinas added at the press conference, noting the slight reappearance of the cases Uruguay faced in the interior of the country in October this year, that “We always said that the important thing about vaccination was to avoid death, hospitalization in the ICU, and general care., but that they were not going to stop the contagion, we already knew”.

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