Argentina begins vaccination for children 3-11 years old

On October 12, the Argentine government officially launched a program to vaccinate children against COVID-19 for children aged 3-11 after being approved by the Food, Drug and Medical Technology Administration (ANMAT). Licensed earlier this month.

Sinopharm's COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: AFP
Sinopharm's COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: AFP

According to a reporter in Buenos Aires, speaking at a press conference, Health Minister Carla Vizzotii said that the vaccination program for children is being implemented simultaneously in all localities across the country and this will be the basis for Argentina to guide the direction. to the goal of completing the vaccination regimen for people before the end of this year.

To implement this plan, the government has distributed to localities more than 2 million doses of Sinopharm's vaccine, which has been licensed for use in children in the above age group. In addition, Argentina still has a stockpile of 9 million doses of this vaccine for use in children.

Along with that, the government also distributed 1.6 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine to continue the immunization program for minors 12 years of age and older.

According to official data, to date, 23.9 million Argentines, or 52% of the population, have completed the course of vaccination against COVID-19 and 30.1 million people, or about 66% of the population, have completed the vaccination regimen. received at least 1 injection.

Argentina has recorded more than 5.2 million people with COVID-19 since the pandemic broke out in March 2020, including 115,491 deaths. However, in recent months, the number of new COVID-19 cases has decreased significantly with an average of 1,000 cases / day.

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