This Wednesday the childhood vaccination begins in Hego Euskal Herria, and it will do so at the height of the incidence of COVID-19.
In Navarra, 629 new cases of coronavirus have been reported, a very high number, taking into account that it is the data from Saturday and fewer PCR tests are carried out. Infections have increased by 35% in the Autonomous Community.
In that sense, the head of the ICUs at Donostia Hospital, Félix Zubia, believes that childhood vaccination will be a new tool to stop the spread of the virus. Of course, he is very critical because he considers that the current situation is a consequence of the attitude of adults who do not comply with the rules, since children are not at risk of suffering serious consequences from COVID-19.
Zubia has recalled in the program Osasun Etxea of Euskadi Irratia that only 10 out of 100,000 minors infected with the virus end up in hospital, and only 3 of them in ICUs.
Protect them not only from the virus, but also “from the attitudes of adults”
According to the doctor, COVID-19 does not pose a great risk to children, and the transmission is also less between them. However, he is in favor of vaccinating them, to protect them not only from the virus, but also “from the attitudes of adults.”
Zubia is clear: “The vaccine is safe”. But he has admitted that out of a million vaccinations, 22 cases of myocarditis are detected, which require hospitalization, although they are cured. For this reason, he stressed that it is a vaccine that “does not give me any sense of danger.”
The doctor detects three trends about the vaccine among professionals: some believe that you have to give the vaccine because it does not pose any risk; others believe that it is not worth vaccinating children because the disease is not a problem for them; and finally, and where Zubia himself is located, some highlight the social benefit of the vaccine, because thanks to the vaccination protocol, children will be able to continue with their social life.
However, the person in charge of the ICUs of Donostia has criticized that at the base of the recommendation of the vaccine is the malpractice of adults: “We do not take measures so that adults do not infect children, and so that they do not limit their lives, that’s why we recommend the vaccine. great sadness see how we adults are on a spree, we do not take action, and how we will end up vaccinating children “.
In that sense, Zubia does not see a change in dynamics in the sixth wave, and believes that if stricter measures are not taken, it will not occur. He has been concerned because the high number of positives will be reflected in the ICUs, and that affect surgical activity.
In addition, he explained that the inoculation of the third dose is beginning to be noticed among people over 70 years of age, since fewer cases of those ages arrive at ICUs, but it has the number of young people who have not received vaccines has risen. For this reason, he has called for everyone to be vaccinated.
On the other hand, and in light of what was published in various media, the Donostia Hospital doctor wanted to clarify the statements made last week, and stressed that “at no time” did he say “that it is advisable to close schools, but if children are spread by the activities of adults, there will be no way for children to continue going to school. “
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.