Last Friday, June 24, the arrival of 2 million 4 thousand doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer for children from 5 to 11 years old was announced.
On Monday, June 27, the vaccination protocol is expected to start, in a two-dose scheme.
Currently, Mexico has a hybrid immunity, which refers to 3 groups among the population:
Those who have been vaccinated, but have not been infected
Those who have been vaccinated and infected
Those who have been infected without being vaccinated before
What Parents need to know about COVID-19 Vaccines for Children
As in adults, the COVID-19 vaccine for children does not achieve absolute immunity; however, it provides the necessary antibodies to fight the disease more efficiently, reducing the risk of seriousness in case of contracting it.
Its application can cause mild symptoms such as:
Pain at the application site
Headache and fever
If my daughter or son has already had COVID-19, should we vaccinate her or him?
If your child has already presented COVID, it is recommended to apply the COVID-19 vaccine after 90 days have passed, after already coming out negative in the test.
What are the licensed COVID vaccines for children?
So far, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccines are the only ones authorized in Mexico for this group of citizens.
In the United States, children and adolescents aged 5 to 17 years with a disease that affects their immune system will need a third dose to complete the main vaccination schedule. For the United States, Pfizer and Moderna are the authorized vaccines.
Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for children?
The pharmaceutical company Pfizer-BioNTech has carried out various investigations and clinical trials with thousands of children. In March of last year, she began her first study with children aged six months to 11 years. In its first phase, it has carried out research with 4,500 children from all over the world, taking all the necessary measures to guarantee the safety and effectiveness of vaccines against COVID-19 in minors.
After the COVID-19 vaccine, adverse reactions that could cause a long-term health problem are rare, however, the benefits of getting vaccinated outweigh the minor known and even probable risks.
Talk to your children about the vaccine
We believe that no boy or girl likes shots, so talk to them about the benefits of getting this vaccine.
Tell them and talk to them about possible side effects and that they know these will go away within 24 to 48 hours.
How to register for the COVID vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 in Mexico?
In the Mexico Government website, you can find the corresponding information for the vaccination record.
Talking about childhood vaccination is a necessary social awareness issue at any level, so it is essential to choose safe options as a family that promote the health and benefit the development of your children.
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