There has been tremendous effort placed on people to get vaccinated against the covid virus in the world. Several vaccines have been formulated and released to the world population to see this endeavor accomplished. However, the vaccination numbers are still low. Less than 30 percent of the world population has taken the vaccine jab. Healthcare practioners are wondering whether including children will increase the number and whether this is a safe option.
Measures used to supplement children vaccination
Vaccination has been seen as a measure to supplement the gains got from the covid testing initiatives. Such initiatives are spearheaded by some companies such as Docsun biomed institute. The institute offers testing by the innovative noninvasive technology through the use of the OCT technology. They have a wide range of devises that can be used in testing across the ages from children to adults. The devices include the mobile app. they web platform and the doorway terminal. This testing only takes about 5 minutes and one gets their results immediately.
As it stands now only children above the age of 12 are the ones who vaccination is recommended for. Healthcare practioners are have given the greenlight for the children to partake the vaccination as they say that the many clinical trials undertaken have confirmed that the vaccines available against covid -19 are safe the children. Once administered the vaccine will help in reducing the spread of the virus and also help in reducing the number of new and severe variants of covid-19 from emerging https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC8ppSTQgyE
What are the concerns raised on vaccinating children?
There has also been concerns raised against vaccination of children. The first being that some countries there is little data on how the covid virus affects the children in that particular region. This makes it hard for medical doctors detect what deaths are caused by covid or any other condition affecting the children. healthcare practioners have also raised the concern that some children might be infected with other common virus common in children such as the respiratory syncytial virus.
The symptoms of these viruses’ mimic those of the common cold and also the covid virus. These may lead to misdiagnosis in children which may prove fatal Data available shows that children especially the adolescents play significant role in the spread of the corona virus https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/children-teens.html.
Will covid vaccine overload the children’s immune system?
Parents have raised a lot of concern concerning vaccine overload on their children. This issue was raised when it was pointed that children as early as less than 3 months after birth are subjected to vaccinations against diseases. Vaccines are basically introducing chemicals into the children’s body. Medics have however said that children are exposed to a lot of germs everyday and the diseases put a greater risk to a child’s immunity more than what would happen when a vaccine does https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/The-Science-Behind-the-COVID-19-Vaccine-Parent-FAQs.aspx.
What are the side effects of the covid vaccines.
Parents of children and young babies have raised concern on the side effects that may likely arise from covid vaccinating their children. Medics have however come out and assured the parents that there is enough data that is got from extensive research confirming that the vaccines are safe. The children will however suffer minor effects. These include soreness from the needle pricking and slight fever after taking the vaccine dose. These can be controlled by over the counter pain relief medication and pressing a cold compress on the injured part of the arm. The children will suffer relief in a short while https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/children-facts.html.
What if the child is currently suffering from covid?
There has been a growing concern on whether children who are currently suffering from covid should be vaccinated. Medics have advised against having such children vaccinated. This is because their immunity is already compromised but alternatively advise that such children should be isolated until the disease is controlled https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccines/advice.