Doctors recommend not delaying vaccination against Covid-19 for children who have previously received other vaccines, even if they have been vaccinated for less than 14 days.
Dr. Le Nguyen Thanh Nhan, Head of the Immunization Unit, Children’s Hospital 1, Ho Chi Minh City, said previously the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) The US recommends that the Covid-19 vaccine and other vaccines should be given at least 14 days apart. However, after a period of implementation, these agencies found that many children were late for other vaccines and were at risk of diseases other than Covid-19. Therefore, the latest recommendation of the US CDC is that it can be injected at the same time and at different locations on the body.
According to Dr. Nhan, two types of Covid-19 vaccines are being used to inject children from 5 to under 12 years old in the mRNA group. This vaccine is not affected by circulating antibodies in the blood of the person being injected. In contrast, antibodies generated from the Covid-19 vaccine are specific for the spike protein, and do not inhibit or interact with antigens found in currently available vaccines on the market, including live attenuated vaccines. such as measles, chickenpox, measles – mumps – rubella…
“Thus, children who have just been vaccinated with another vaccine can immediately receive the Covid-19 vaccine. In contrast, children who have just received the Covid-19 vaccine should wait at least 14 days before injecting other vaccines, with the aim of focusing on monitoring. Undesirable effects after vaccination with Covid-19 vaccine, including myocarditis and pericarditis, “doctor Nhan said. However, your child can get another vaccine without waiting up to 14 days if another shot is essential.
At a press conference on the afternoon of April 18, Deputy Director of the Center for Disease Control of Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Hong Tam recommended that once the Covid-19 vaccine is administered, children must be monitored at the vaccination site for at least 30 minutes. After being sent home, at least for the first 3 days, an adult must stay with the child 24 hours a day. In the first 28 days, adults always closely monitor the child, immediately contact the medical staff when they see any strange signs.
Ho Chi Minh City deploys Covid-19 vaccination for children from 5 to under 12 years old at some injection points, from April 16. On the first day, more than 10,400 children in 6th grade out of a total of more than 97,000 children were vaccinated. The number of children postponing vaccination is 1,379, mostly because they have contracted Covid-19 but have not been three months since the time of illness. In addition, children with a history of allergies and acute illnesses are also postponed.
On April 18, Ho Chi Minh City organized a series of injections at 187 points with 433 injection tables in 22 districts and Thu Duc city, with more than 42,000 children. It is estimated that in the city, there are more than 898,500 children of the age who need vaccination in this campaign.