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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Children under five start receiving COVID-19 vaccines; Quebec advised changing messaging

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Key takeaways: 

  • Pediatrician says the government hasn’t demonstrated the advantages of vaccines for very young.
  • The vaccine, Drouin stated, is not there to deter kids from getting ill but to make the disease easier and manageable at home.

A pediatrician at a kids’ hospital in Montreal told Monday the government ought to do more to encourage the benefits of immunizing young kids against COVID-19.

As Quebec’s vaccination campaign opened to children aged six months to five years, Dr. Olivier Drouin said the statement from health officials is vague and leaves parents uncertain of what to do.

“Parents have been told since the start of the outbreak that kids don’t get ill,” Drouin, a doctor at Montreal’s CHU Sainte-Justine, stated in an interview. 

“So, why would they require to inoculate them?”

The government’s statement, he said, has been concentrated too much on lowering the chance of infection in kids. That’s a mistake, he said. “The statement ought to change from reducing the chance of infection to reducing the severity of it.”

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A pediatrician at a kids’ hospital in Montreal told Monday the government ought to do more to encourage the benefits of immunizing young kids against COVID-19

“There was a time during the pandemic when we expected vaccination would stop infection; we are no longer there. Everybody is at stake. If their child is ill (with COVID-19), either he will require hospitalization or not.”

The vaccine, Drouin said, is not there to control children from getting ill but to make the illness easier and effortless at home.

Quebec on Monday began immunizing kids as young as six months after Health Canada on July 14 approved Moderna’s vaccine for that age group.

Last week, Public Health Director Dr. Luc Boileau, alongside Dr. Nicholas Brousseau, a physician with the region’s public health institute, told the government had no clear target for the number of kids under five it wanted to be inoculated.

“We are not going to set goals for this group,” Boileau said, adding that it’s parents’ will whether to vaccinate their kids.

Source – CBC News

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