Chile’s Ministry of Health decided on Friday to begin vaccinating children aged 3 to 6 against COVID-19 with the Chinese Sinovac vaccine. Vaccinations are to begin in the coming days.
According to the representative of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Herberto Garcia, sufficient experience has already been accumulated to make such a decision, taking into account China’s experience in this field. Garcia said the country has used the Sinovac vaccine in 100 million children between the ages of 3 and 17.
Minister: the number of infections in children can be reduced to zero
“The immunized children develop antibodies better, which could mean that the number of infections among them can be reduced to zero,” said Garcia.
According to a Chilean specialist, only 3,890 adverse reactions were reported in children aged 12-17 years vaccinated in China, and no such serious reactions occurred in the age group 3 to 5 years old.
In Chile, 91% have already been vaccinated. 18 years of age and older, and 8 million received a second dose of the vaccine. In addition, 4.8 million children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 have been vaccinated since September.
Most Chileans have received the Sinovac vaccine. The Chilean Catholic University is currently conducting intensive research into the effects of vaccination in 4,000 children from the age of three.
Since the start of the pandemic in Chile, 1.7 million cases of the coronavirus and just over 38,000 deaths have been registered in Chile. Currently, the average number of COVID-19 cases in Chile ranges from 1.5 thousand to 2 thousand per day.
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