Prime Minister vows to vaccinate 500k kids before new school year

By TPN/Lusa, in News, COVID-19 · 21-07-2021 16:43:00 · 4 Comments

The prime minister announced on 21 July the goal of vaccinating with two doses against Covid-19, in the period between 14 August and 19 September, 570 thousand children between 12 and 17 years old.

In his speech that opened the debate on the state of the nation António Costa announced the goal of vaccinating children, which is primarily intended to protect the start of the next school year, , in parliament.

“We are in a race against time, a race between vaccination and new variants”, said António Costa, stating that, so far, his Government has fulfilled the established goals.

“As expected, by mid-August we will have 73 percent of the adult population with full vaccination and 82 percent with at least the first dose administered. It is time to broaden our ambition and also guarantee the protection of children and young people”, he declared.

According to António Costa, it is necessary to anticipate goals in relation to this age group, “so that the new school year can restart without risk of new interruptions in classroom teaching”.

“We await a final decision from the General Directorate of Health on the vaccination of this population. But everything is prepared for the weekends between 14 August and 19 September to administer the two doses of vaccine to approximately 570 thousand children and young people between 12 and 17 years old”, declared the prime minister.

In the speech he also spoke of the 1.383 billion € of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR) which will be dedicated to “strengthening mental and oral health programs, equipping health centers with complementary diagnostic tools, creating new mobile units for the providing health care in low-density regions, opening an additional 5,500 beds for long-term care and another 400 for palliative care”.

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Today, kids as young as 6 months old are taking part in trials for both companies’ vaccines with their parent’s consent. Dr. Zinaida Good, a research fellow at the Stanford cancer center, enrolled both her sons in Stanford Hospital’s Pfizer trial.

In Moderna’s phase one trial, all kids will follow up for their second shot 28 days after their first. For Pfizer, it will be 21 days later.

Researchers refer to this as a “dosing” trial as they try to figure out how much of the vaccine kids can tolerate, and how much they need to be protected.

By Magnus from Other on 23-07-2021 11:33

Bend over. the EU said so.

By rodric reese from USA on 22-07-2021 02:49

Let the dead and injured children open the eyes of the nation

By Latoysha Adams from USA on 22-07-2021 02:37

What kind of madman wants to give a substance for which the long term effects are completely UNKNOWN to school children? Any parents who allow this to be done to their children are as guilty as these despotic tyrants for anything that happens to these poor kids when things go wrong! I cannot believe that this is happening!

By SS from Algarve on 21-07-2021 09:30
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