Everything ready for the arrival of the infant vaccine




Both in the CAV and in Navarra, the pediatric inoculation campaign, which will begin on Wednesday, will be carried out progressively, from older to younger, so the first people to be vaccinated will be those between 11 and 9 years old.

Everything is ready in Southern Basque Country to begin this Wednesday to administer the pediatric vaccine against covid. They will do it in health centers and authorized points such as vaccination centers and hospitals.

This Monday the first consignment of 1.3 million vaccines Pediatric Pfizer for children ages 5-11. As soon as they have them, the Ministry of Health will distribute them among the autonomies according to their target population. The first to vaccinate will be children at risk and the elderly (10 and 11 years).

The vials for children will have an orange cap to distinguish them from those for adults, and unlike older ones, the pediatric formula is reduced to 10 micrograms, one third of normal, and does not require dissolution.

Basque Autonomous Community

In the Basque Country, as announced by the Basque Minister of Health, Gotzone Sagardui, the first vials of the vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old will arrive on Tuesday, December 14 and from the 15th, vaccination will be launched in health centers.

Families should wait to receive an SMS from the Basque Health Service to request an appointment. The administration of vaccines will be carried out progressively from the age of 11 and under depending on the number of doses available.

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The inoculation of people between 11-5 years old, about 145,000, will be done progressively, from older to younger, so the first to be vaccinated will be those between 11 and 9 years old, and progressively, depending on the availability of doses, will be lowered in age until reaching the population of 5 years.

According to forecasts, the Department of Health will receive on Monday a first batch of 60,000 doses of the Pfizer brand, which is the only pediatric vaccine currently authorized by the European Medicines Agency. It is a different preparation than that administered to the adult population, since the dose is lower.


For its part, Navarra will receive next Monday the first 18,000 doses to vaccinate children between 5 and 11 years old against Covid-19. The process will begin on December 15 in rural areas and on December 16 it will do so with the children of Pamplona and the Comarca with the launch of the vaccination point at the Seminar. The vaccination will go from older to younger.

The Minister of Health of the Government of Navarra, Saints Induráin, has explained this week in statements to the media that more detailed information will be given to families on citation and vaccination in the coming days. For the moment, the Executive has decided that childhood vaccination begins in rural areas and the places where it will be carried out are being designed. “In principle, it is not planned to be in the school environment. We are also approaching vacation days that will also be used. Parents will be informed of how to make an appointment,” said the counselor.

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90.7% effectiveness

After this first shipment, another 2 million is expected to arrive in Spain in January, with which the first doses of children between 5 and 11 years old could be covered, which exceed 3.2 million.

Pfizer’s pediatric antidote against covid is endorsed by the European Medicines Agency, which concluded that, although children aged 5 to 11 years have the disease mildly or asymptomatically, the benefits of vaccinating them outweigh the risks.

In trials, the vaccine was 90.7% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19. The children will also be given two punctures, although separated not by 21 days but by eight weeks, at the proposal of the experts from the vaccine presentation.

Follow the recommendationss in the face of coronavirus from the health authorities. If you live in the CAV and have symptoms, call your usual health center. The Health Council will also attend to people on the phone 900 20 30 50, offering information and solving doubts about the coronavirus. If you live in Navarra, call the Health Council telephone number: 948 290 290. Remember that the most effective way to prevent the spread of covid-19 is to use a mask, ventilate spaces, keep a safe distance, and wash hands.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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