“Go get your kids vaccinated against COVID-19,” pleads a pediatrician | Coronavirus

Quebec may have within the last hours received a delivery of 70,000 doses intended for young children, there will probably not be a rush to the vaccination centers if we are to believe a survey ofINSPQ of July 12 last year.

According to data revealed in this survey, only 44% of parents would like to have their child vaccinated against COVID-19, 40% would have no intention of doing so, and 16% would still be undecided.

Children aged 6 months to 4 years represent approximately 400,000 children throughout Quebec. This is the last age group to gain the right to vaccination against COVID-19 as Quebec is hit by a seventh wave.

Advice from a pediatrician

Dr. Elie Haddad, head of the immunology and rheumatology service in the Pediatric department in the university hospital Sainte-Justine, advises young parents to contribute to this long battle, which is still not won.

You must have your children vaccinated against COVID-19. […] It is a vaccine that is very safe and has been tested on millions of individuals. It has even been tested for a few weeks on the youngest children in the United States. It’s not like it’s new in human history [de vacciner de jeunes enfants]he pleaded Monday on the show All in one morning.

Administering vaccines, especially against influenza, to young children is not a new phenomenon, reminds Dr. Haddad (archives).

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Parents would like to have this privilege

Since the start of the pandemic, the pediatrician has met several parents who, at the bedside of their child hospitalized due to complications related to COVID-19, would have paid dearly so that he could benefit from the now approved vaccine.

Although severe cases of the disease are rare [chez les enfants]they are not zero. […] Serious cases are treated at the hospital every day. With long-term complications, with complicated follow-ups, with little bits of cabbage that are completely messed up. »

A quote from Dr. Elie Haddad, head of the immunology and rheumatology department in the pediatric department of the CHU Sainte-Justine

Disinformation and tired

For Dr. Elie Haddad Misinformation and collective frustration have negative consequences for vaccination against COVID-19. He suggests that people listen to scientists instead of relying on what they observe on social media.

In this connection, he rejects a widespread rumor that a child has more side effects than an adult after administration of the vaccine against COVID-19. The researcher also points out that the vaccine is as effective as before against severe forms of the disease.

safe. Ça a été tellement efficace que, au début, ça empêchait même la maladie. Le rêve absolu! Mais là, il y a eu de nouveaux variants, les mutants, et là, ça n’empêche plus la COVID-19″,”text”:”Au début, on a dit : \”pitié, trouvez-nous un vaccin.\” Les scientifiques en ont trouvé qui ont été très efficaces et très, très safe. Ça a été tellement efficace que, au début, ça empêchait même la maladie. Le rêve absolu! Mais là, il y a eu de nouveaux variants, les mutants, et là, ça n’empêche plus la COVID-19″}}”>First we said, “please find us a vaccine.” Researchers have found some that have been very effective and very, very sure. It was so effective that it even prevented the disease at first. The absolute dream! But there were new variants, the mutants, and those that no longer prevent COVID-19he says.

But even today, vaccines protect very well against short-term, medium-term, and probably long-term complications, if recent studies are to be believed. »

A quote from Dr. Elie Haddad, head of the immunology and rheumatology department in the pediatric department of the CHU Sainte-Justine
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Spikevax, by Moderna

The Spikevax vaccine, from Moderna, is the one that will be given to children in Quebec. The first vaccine they receive is about a quarter of a dose given to adults.

Dr. Haddad shares the statements of Health Canada, which approved this vaccine ten days ago, and of the Committee on Immunization of Quebec (CIQ), which also gave its approval, stressing that the vaccine generates a good immune response in children after two reduced-dose doses .

For immunocompromised children CIQ recommends three doses with a minimum interval of four weeks between each dose. While a single dose is sufficient for a healthy child who has already had COVID-19.

With information from The Canadian Press

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