Osakidetza distributes 16,347 appointments to boys and girls to get vaccinated in just 4 hours



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In the Basque Autonomous Community, families must request an appointment through the Osakidetza website. In Navarra, families will receive the summons by SMS or by phone call. The pediatric vaccination campaign will start in both cases this Wednesday.

This Tuesday, December 14, the first day of appointments for childhood vaccination, 16,347 appointments have been awarded to boys and girls between 11 and 9 years old in just 4 hours in the Basque Country, as reported by the Department of Health of the Basque Government.

So much Osakidetza What Healthcare They have begun to give appointments for vaccination against covid-19 to the population between 11 and 9 years old. Both in the Basque Autonomous Community and in Navarra, vaccination will start this Wednesday, but there are differences, for example, when making an appointment.

Families from Álava, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa can now make an appointment through the Osakidetza website or by phone.

The Department of Health of the Basque Government has stressed that the preferred way to make an appointment will be Web way. But nevertheless, If you have a problem, you can call the health center or telephone 900.20.30.50 (press key 1), where the date and time for the vaccination will be assigned to the interested person.

In addition, together with the confirmation of the appointment, the date on which the second dose will be received will also be indicated, which will be eight weeks later.

The pediatric inoculation campaign, which will start on WednesdayIt will be carried out mainly in intermediate points, and exceptionally, in health centers.

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The inoculation of people between 11-5 years, about 145,000, will be done progressively, from older to younger, starting with the 11 to 9-year-old range and progressively decreasing until reaching the 5-year-old population. The dose will be 10 milligrams, one third of the dose administered to the adult population.

Osakidetza has specified that, for the moment, those minors who either have an active infection or have passed the covid-19 in the last two months, about 5,600 people, will not be vaccinated.

The 60,000 vials of Pfizer’s vaccine arrived at Hernani’s warehouse at noon yesterday, but will not be inoculated until Wednesday.

At the press conference after the Governing Council, the Minister of Health, Gotzone Sagardui, encouraged parents to trust the vaccine –“the best tool” against covid-19- and to make an appointment to vaccinate their sons and daughters.

Asked if the appointments to receive the puncture will be outside school hours to facilitate that children do not miss class, she explained that the priority is to complete the vaccination “sooner” so Osakidetza will give all the appointments that are available regardless of whether or not it coincides with the school schedule.

Not getting vaccinated increases by six the probability of ending up in a hospital if you contract the covid and by ten that of ending up in the intensive care unit, Sagardui has warned. “Therefore, get vaccinated”, has added.

Pediatric vaccination in Navarra

Navarra received the first 18,000 doses yesterday to vaccinate the population aged 5 to 11 against covid-19. Osasunbidea will begin to inoculate this wednesday in the House of Culture of Tafalla and in the sports hall of Santesteban, and as of Thursday It will do so in a more massive way with the launch of the vaccination point at the Seminary of Pamplona. The process will start with people born in 2012, 2011 and 2010 (11, 10 and 9 years old) to progressively descend until they reach 5 years of age.

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The summons of the child population will be carried out by sending SMS, With the exception of the very high risk population (group 7) with whom Osasunbidea will contact by telephone.

The population between 5 and 11 years old that has passed the disease You will be vaccinated with a single dose starting 4 weeks after the diagnosis of the infection or the date of onset of symptoms. In the case of passing the infection after having received the first dose, the regimen will be completed with a second dose after recovery and when 4 weeks have elapsed after the infection, also maintaining the interval of 8 weeks with respect to the first dose.

What’s more, 11-year-olds who turn 12 in the next few months, will be vaccinated with a dose of pediatric vaccine against COVID-19. If you turn 12 between the first dose and the second dose, the second dose will be an adult dose with the established period of 8 weeks for the second dose.

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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