Parents divided over children’s vaccination
With speculations over covid-19 third wave looming large and with schools reopening, vaccination for children has become a debatable topic. While some parents fear children contracting covid in schools, others are still hesitant about vaccinating their children with fear of side-effects.
Vaccinating children aged between 12-18 years (and even younger) is a major concern in most countries. “This is a global concern and it’s also relevant at a time when they are planning to reopen schools,” said Dr
The concern over vaccinating children is multi-dimensional. Dr
“Children’s vaccines have been looked at in other countries. Pfizer and Moderna are up for approval. Zydus is the first one to be approved. Trials on other vaccines are also going on. I think it is going to be a question of who the first player is and who comes behind. If we get Moderna or Pfizer, they may be able to augment the vaccination availability for that age group. Then, we will be able to get a larger population vaccinated. It is also a timeline that both Moderna and Pfizer take one month and Zydus’ timeline is two months.”
Dr Manohar K N, Consultant – Internal Medicine,
Vaccinating children is very important. Firstly for inherent protection, secondly for the community, and thirdly for parents and teachers
–Dr Ravindra Mehta, senior pulmonologist
He added that both government and private hospitals need to come together for inoculating children, once there is an approval. He said, “Nearly 43 per cent of India’s population are children, hence, a streamlined process must be administered at the earliest. Once the vaccine is made available, parents should not fear for their children as they will be administered after passing tests. Parents should, in fact, encourage their children to get vaccinated. Until the vaccines are available, children need to continue following the covid-appropriate behaviour.”
“Vaccinating children is very important. Firstly for inherent protection, secondly for the community, thirdly for parents and teachers. The State should put it in its think tank. Will have to look into the feasibility of expanding vaccination. The Zydus vaccine will take time to hit the ground. It may take months or more to be available. The State needs to decide which vaccine to be rolled out for children.” Dr Mehta added.