The time of the little ones is coming. From the second half of January they will be able to access the vaccines to protect themselves against COVID-19, especially now that the country is going through a third wave of infections. On Friday, January 21, the first batch of 996,000 doses of the covid-19 vaccine for children from 5 to 11 years of age from the Pfizer laboratory will arrive in Peru, confirmed the head of Immunizations of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), Gabriela Jiménez . “We are in a position to inform the public that in the next few days we will be announcing the start of this important vaccination activity”, he added.
Last Thursday, the Minsa published the vaccination protocol, a document that details the doses that will be applied, how the age distribution will be carried out, among other data that every parent should know and that we detail below. The health authority confirmed that those with morbidities or immunosuppression will be the first to be vaccinated. Once finished with this group, children from 10 to 11 years old, from 8 to 9 years old and from 5 to 7 years old will pass.
The first batch of doses of the vaccine for children will enter the headquarters of the National Center for the Supply of Strategic Health Resources (Cenares), in Callao, to then begin distribution nationwide.
Gustavo Rosell, Vice Minister of Public Health, He pointed out that after the arrival of the first batch, the vaccination process will begin in the following week. The authorities estimate that the group of minors with morbidities adds up to a total of 37,000 children, while those from 10 to 11, the following after the aforementioned group, are a total of 900,000 at the national level. It should be noted that Peru has a population of approximately 4 million 036 thousand 753 boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 11, the same ones who are of school age.
PROTOCOL TO FOLLOW
According to the protocol, minors who, in the last two weeks, do not present symptoms compatible with covid-19 may be vaccinated. Similarly, girls and boys who had no contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus, in the last two weeks. It should be borne in mind that those minors who were infected but did not require oxygen or hospitalization may receive the vaccine 14 days after discharge, while those who needed the aforementioned help may do so 90 days after discharge. “We will apply this protocol throughout the national sphere in coordination with the Ministry of Education (…) we only need to define the day and places of vaccination,” said the Director of Immunizations of the Minsa, Gabriela Jiménez.
Minors will also be able to receive the flu vaccine on the same day as their first dose. For 11-year-old girls, they can also receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. In the case of other vaccines, it should be placed at an interval of 15 days.
After the vaccine is placed, minors may present irritability and pain at the injection site, which will disappear in the following days. However, this does not call into question the effectiveness of the vaccines which, in the case of Pfizer, have been shown to be 90.7% effective in the population group in which it will soon be applied.
Prior to vaccination, the child must be accompanied by one of their parents, guardian or relative over 18 years of age, who must present the duly signed “Expression of Informed Consent” document. Likewise, a doctor will proceed to verify the health condition of the minor. And before applying the vaccine, the health personnel must explain the vaccination technique and the type of vaccine to be administered.