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Doctors defend agility in vaccinating children against Covid-19 at round table at CoronaVac . Symposium

Child immunization against SARS-CoV-2 should be boosted as soon as possible in Brazil in the evaluation of Doctor Gustavo Volpe, Technical Director of Serrana State Hospital and one of the coordinators of Project S, a study on the efficacy of the CoronaVac vaccine conducted by Butantan in Serrana, in the interior of Sao Paulo.

At a round table held at the CoronVac symposium, the doctor assessed that the data collected in the interior of São Paulo showed that for each vaccinated age group, a greater susceptibility to the novel coronavirus was observed in unvaccinated young people. “Studies from Chile and China are robust to verifying the safety of vaccination in children. You need to start promoting as soon as possible,” Volpi said. He highlighted another reason to vaccinate this audience: Young children find it difficult to follow sanitary measures, such as using alcohol gel and masks.

The coordinator of the State Immunization Plan (PEI) in São Paulo, Regian Cardoso de Paula, shares the same view. “This is the expectation of PEI and parents, grandparents and guardians. The more gangs are vaccinated, the less the virus will spread. We are missing out on an opportunity if we do not vaccinate this age group,” the immunologist said. China was the first country to vaccinate children aged 3 to 11 In addition, Chile, Ecuador, Indonesia, Cambodia and Colombia have allowed children to be vaccinated against the Corona virus.

Another encouraging piece of information discussed during the roundtable was that in Serrana, CoronaVac achieved the same degree of efficacy in both the over-60 and youth population. In the assessment of Gustavo Volpe, the satisfactory results are due to the acceptance of the vaccination by the local population, which was well above expectations. “We didn’t see a problem with the third dose either. CoronaVac was very tolerable, with broad vaccination coverage,” the researcher said.

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This and other information can be found through Thursday (9) at the CoronaVac Symposium, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Brasilia time). In the afternoon, at 3pm, there will be new roundtables bringing together principal researchers from Bhutantan and great names in the national science communications to comment and reflect on the main topics covered in the morning sessions.

The international event is broadcast live online, with simultaneous translation and staffed by a large team from the Putantan Institute to organize and disseminate news in real time.

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