The vaccination campaign against COVID-19 for almost 3.3 million children between 5 and 11 years old begins this Wednesday in Spain. The vaccine will be supplied in health centers, hospitals, authorized points or schools, as established by each autonomous community.
Pfizer’s vaccine against the coronavirus arrived last Monday, a total of 1.3 million doses. The pediatric presentation of the vaccine is reduced to 10 micrograms, that is to say, one third of that given to adults and the interval between doses will not be 21 days but eight weeks to achieve a better immune response and a better safety profile.
As agreed by the Public Health Commission, the recommendation is start the campaign with high-risk children and those of older age to later descend, although each community has the flexibility to adapt it to its circumstances.
Different methods between communities
The vaccines will be administered primarily in health centers and places already enabled for vaccination up to now as pavilions, vaccinations and also in hospitals.
Three communities (Valencian Community, La Rioja and Extremadura) they will vaccinate in schools and two others (Castilla-La Mancha and Andalusia) also incorporate them in a mixed format with health centers. To vaccinate minors in schools, health authorities ask families for a letter of consent.
At least five others (Asturias, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Navarra and Murcia) consider that it is preferable to supply them outside of schools because, among other aspects, it ensures the accompaniment of the parent and, with it, consent.
The Community of Madrid has opted for one of its 25 public hospitals and Castilla y León for the vaccination centers.
Several communities have opened a self-dating system. In Catalonia, more than 45,000 appointments were made in the first hours of the service opening last Monday, while in the Basque Country more than 16,000 were awarded in just four hours, reports Efe. In Cantabria, 3,684 self-appointments were arranged in the early hours of Monday and in Murcia, it is expected that a thousand children between the ages of eight and 11 will be vaccinated in Lorca on Wednesday afternoon at the beginning of this campaign. Galicia plans to inoculate the first 60,000 doses between December 15 and 18 to children between 11 and 9 years old.
Pediatricians recommend vaccinating
The Spanish Association of Primary Care Pediatrics (AEPap) has made a appeal to parents to opt for the vaccination of their children because “children are not exempt from suffering serious forms of covid although the number of complications is small in relation to adults”.
The pediatric presentation of the Pfizer vaccine has shown an efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19 of 90.7% in clinical trials, with a lower reaction than in the group of 16 to 25 years.
After the puncture, as in older adults, the child should be observed for 15 minutes to detect immediate reactions. In people with a history of a severe allergic reaction, regardless of the cause, a follow-up will be maintained for up to 30 minutes.