Greece: vaccination of children aged 5-11 begins

Today, December 10, a platform opens to register children from 5 to 11 years old for vaccination against coronavirus, the first vaccinations will be given on December 15.

During a briefing, Vana Papaevangelu, a member of the Commission of Epidemiologists, Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the National University of Kapodistrias of Athens, said that mass childhood vaccination against coronavirus will reduce the number of infections in schools and increase the immunity of society as a whole.

She assured, as reported ΑΜΠΕ, that the data on the safety of vaccines for children from Israel and USA excellent. To date, more than five million American children have received their first vaccine and 1.8 million have received both doses. Ms Papaevangelu notes:

“It is emphasized that there are no indications of unexpected side effects from the vaccine in children 5-11 years old, and there have been no episodes of myocarditis-pericarditis after vaccination.”

The Israeli Ministry of Health reported that after vaccination of 60,000 first children in the 5-11 age group, no serious side effects have been reported. Many EU countries have already given a positive opinion on the vaccination of children – Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Austria, Italy and others. Next week vaccine for children Pfizer / BioNTech will become available in Europe, in Greece the first admission is expected on December 13th.

In the European Union approved vaccinations for children 5-11 years old, recommending Pfizer / BioNTech for this. The dose of the drug for them will be 1/3 of that used in the age group from 12 years old (10 mcg versus 30 mcg). Children, like adults, will need to be given two doses of Comirnaty (the name of the drug from German and American companies) at 3-week intervals. The injection is given intramuscularly. Studies have shown that antibody production at a dose of 10 mcg was comparable to the 30 mcg dose used in the elderly.

In Greece, children can be vaccinated at primary health care facilities and hospitals in 75 districts of Greece. Gradually, the number of vaccination centers and medical centers will increase. In Attica, children will be vaccinated at five vaccination sites:

at the Agia Sofia Children’s Hospital; at the Penteli children’s hospital; in Vula Asklepion; at the Agia Sofia health center in Piraeus; at the Peristeri health center.

Cruise vaccinations are planned to be launched in the islands and in remote areas of the country, as was organized with the first and second doses for all age groups.

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