Dung and her husband, who reside in Hanoi’s Ha Dong District, have two youngsters aged 5 and eight. They’ve determined towards getting them vaccinated towards Covid-19 in a survey performed by the children’ college.
Dung stated she and her husband are frightened in regards to the unwanted effects of the vaccine as a result of there have been circumstances of extreme reactions after injections amongst these aged 12-17 that led to the deaths of 5 youngsters.
Answering a questionnaire on vaccination at her six-year-old son’s college, Phuong, a resident of Hanoi’s Thanh Xuan District, selected the undecided or “contemplating” possibility.
Phuong stated her son has underlying well being circumstances and suffered from a number of meals allergic reactions. Due to this fact, she was frightened that the vaccine may set off severe reactions.
Different dad and mom have additionally stated from what they’ve realized, the vaccine in use may be very new and nonetheless within the experimental stage, which implies it isn’t secure sufficient.
Some additionally stated that a number of sources they’ve discovered on-line stated the vaccine has components that might have an effect on the kids’s endocrine system.
Many dad and mom additionally assume that Covid-19 is way much less extreme in youngsters and due to this fact, the vaccine just isn’t definitely worth the danger.
One other Hanoian named Minh, 45, stated each of her youngsters, aged six and one, have gotten Covid-19, however their signs had been delicate and she or he didn’t assume it was essential to get them vaccinated.
“It isn’t simply me. Kids of a number of colleagues and associates of mine have additionally bought contaminated and none of them had been extreme. In actuality, knowledge exhibits virtually no Covid-19 fatalities amongst youngsters aged 5-11.”
Survey outcomes launched Wednesday by the Ministry of Well being present that out of 450,000 dad and mom with youngsters below 12, solely 60.6 % agreed with vaccinating their youngsters.
Whereas only one.9 % actively disagreed with the proposal, 29.1 % stated they had been undecided, whereas 7.6 % stated they might agree if it was made necessary.
The survey was performed in all 63 localities by the ministry’s Well being Technique and Coverage Institute. No different particulars of the survey have been made out there.
In the meantime, a VnExpress survey of 182,512 readers discovered that 67 % of them disagreed and solely 30 % agreed with having youngsters vaccinated towards Covid-19.
Underneath the continuing vaccination marketing campaign, simply as with the 12-17 age group, youngsters aged 5-11 can be vaccinated both at college or medical stations. Kids with persistent or underlying circumstances, together with weight problems, can be vaccinated at hospitals.
The well being ministry has but to announce a timeline or point out what number of youngsters aged 5-11 can be vaccinated. Beforehand, it had proposed buying 21.9 million Pfizer vaccine doses for vaccinating youngsters aged 5-11.
Physician Nguyen Dinh Tinh, a lecturer on the Hanoi College of Public Well being, stated he understood why dad and mom had been frightened in regards to the vaccine as he himself was a father or mother of youngsters aged 5-11.
He acknowledged that youngsters on this age group vary don’t usually endure from severe Covid-19 problems.
Do not be confused
Tinh stated “dad and mom shouldn’t be confused” as a result of international research have confirmed that the Covid-19 vaccine hardly ever causes severe issues for youngsters.
“The healthcare system in Vietnam just isn’t as superior as of different nations and for now, vaccination is the answer to keep away from Covid-19 and hold the system from getting overloaded. It is vitally essential to immunize youngsters with excessive dangers, together with these with weight problems and having persistent illnesses, to guard them from Covid-19 problems,” he stated.
Pham Quang Thai, Head of the Nationwide Expanded Program on Immunization, Nationwide Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi, suggested dad and mom to belief scientific info.
Experiments have proven that the vaccine is secure for youngsters as a result of they might obtain a dose that’s simply one-third of the one used for these aged 12-17. The speed of frequent reactions akin to fever, ache on the injection website and physique fatigue amongst youngsters can also be decrease than that in adults, Thai stated.
To date, 42 nations and territories have carried out vaccination for youngsters aged 5-11 and virtually no severe or uncommon unwanted effects like myocarditis (an irritation of the center muscle) has been detected, he stated.
The advantage of the vaccine is way better than the chance it poses, he pressured, including that vaccinating youthful youngsters will scale back the specter of neighborhood an infection spreading, and due to this fact, authorities is not going to must impose measures like shutting down faculties.
Medical professional Tran Si Tuan stated the Ministry of Well being ought to conduct scientific analysis and publish the outcomes broadly on the media so that folks can see the impacts of the vaccine on youngsters aged 5-11 as an alternative of simply amassing opinions with surveys.
The analysis ought to examine the charges of youngsters getting contaminated, turning extreme and dying as a result of Covid-19 and examine them with the charges of people who have died due to vaccination, he urged.
Tuan stated the analysis must be carried out fastidiously as a result of the vaccine has been made in an emergency state of affairs to stop an ongoing pandemic and till now there was no official research proving that it’ll have zero damaging impacts on human well being in the long term, particularly in youngsters, whose our bodies are but to achieve full development.
Tuan proposed that for now, the vaccine must be made elective, and coverage must be made in a manner that youngsters who should not vaccinated can nonetheless go to high school and attend public actions.