Vaccination of 5 to 8-year-olds begins

THE vaccination of children in 1st, 2nd and 3rd of Primary began this morning across the region, and the health department plans to vaccinate a total of 186,088 children in the coming days.

Before receiving the dose of the Pfizer pediatric vaccine, Comirnaty, parents had to sign authorisation, and on the day are also able to accompany their little ones during the vaccination process.

The children are attended by a team of health professionals, who go to schools and set up a “vaccinating room”. They are supported by school staff and, in schools that have them, the school nurse. After receiving the shot, the children then wait 15 to 30 minutes, in a separate room before going back to class.

The vaccinations are being carried out during school time with each ‘bubble’ group being vaccinated together, to avoid mixing pupils.

Take up by families has been pretty high and by province the numbers to be vaccinated are: 95,671 in Valencia, 68,332 in Alicante and 22,085 in Castellón.

As well as the first three years of primary education, any children in infants who have already turned 5 can have the vaccine, as can any children who missed out before Christmas and want to be vaccinated.

9 to 11-year-olds

Just before breaking up for the Christmas holidays the programme of vaccinating under 12s began with 9 to 11-year-olds. In total 107,360 children received their first dose of the vaccine, or 7 out of 10 students in that age group. The second jab will be given in February, 8 weeks after the first. Any children who can’t receive their vaccine for health reasons or for self-isolating, will be given further opportunities to have it. And those who turn 12 between the first and second jab will receive the pediatric vaccine for their first jab and the adult dose (recommended for over 12s) for their second.

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