Pediatric vaccines can help prevent severe COVID outcomes in children


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James Snell Israeli boy Yoav, 9, will receive a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Meuhedet Healthcare Services Organization in Tel Aviv on November 22, 2021, as Israel begins a coronavirus vaccination campaign for 5- to 11-year-olds. Photo by JACK GUEZ /AFP via Getty Images

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The province tried on Wednesday to allay residents’ fears about vaccinating children against COVID-19.

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An official said more than 6,000 Manitoba children ages five to 11 are infected with COVID-19. Twenty-seven children were hospitalized. Seven went to the ICU. One died.

Anyone five years or older may now be eligible for the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. As of Wednesday, more than 22,000 vaccinations have been booked for children. To qualify, children must be five at the time of booking.

“We are grateful that this virus appears to be less severe in most children than it does in older age groups,” said Dr. Joss Reimer, medical leader of Manitoba’s Vaccine Implementation Task Force during a press conference. “But it still causes a lot of diseases. It still causes a lot of nuisance. It causes serious consequences for children, most of whom did not even have high-risk health problems that put them at greater risk of being hospitalized. So this is a great way to avoid being hospitalized, going to the ICU, which is an extremely traumatic experience for a child and the family.”

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Reimer said pediatric COVID-19 vaccines are also a great way to prevent long-term symptoms of COVID-19. According to an article by Helen Thomson posted on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website, about half of children under 18 who contract COVID-19 have persistent problems, including fatigue, muscle and joint pain, headaches, insomnia , breathing problems and heart problems. palpitations. There are other long-lasting symptoms, including gastrointestinal distress, nausea, dizziness, seizures, hallucinations, and testicular pain.

“We also see that children develop multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a serious illness that can occur weeks after infection and can end with hospitalization, and many of those children also end up in the ICU,” Reimer said. “And then we also want their lives to be less disrupted. So they are affected just as much, if not more, than the rest of us by the way this virus affects our communities. So their ability to contribute to a lower spread of the virus has huge benefits.”

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On Wednesday, there were 147 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, according to the province. Three additional people have died from symptoms related to COVID-19 infection. Currently, 153 people have been hospitalized due to COVID-19. Twenty-two are in the ICU. The provincial positive test rate is 5.9%. Winnipeg’s positive test rate is 2.9%. South Manitoba’s positive test rate is 17.4%.

In Manitoba 1,537 people have an active COVID-19 infection. More than 64,200 have been recovered based on available data. Since the start of the pandemic, 1,290 Manitobans have died from COVID-19.

2,599,670 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered to Manitoba, including 1,625,040 doses of the Pfizer, 880,420 doses of the Moderna, 91,960 doses of the AstraZeneca and 2,250 doses of the Janssen vaccine. The province tested 2,710 people for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

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