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The vaccination of children aged 5-11 has started

Vaktsineeritud superkangelane. Algas 5-11-aastaste laste vaktsineerimine COVID-19 vastu
Algas 5-11-aastaste laste vaktsineerimine COVID-19 vastu. Foto: Raigo Pajula

Family physicians and Estonian state hospitals, that received COVID-19 vaccines for 5-11 years olds, started vaccinated children this week.

Children are vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine, that has 3 times less active substance than adult's vaccine. The course of vaccination includes two doses of vaccine, and by the recommendation of the state immunoprophylaxis committee, these will be injected with a 6-week interval. Vaccines arrived in Estonia on the 13th of December, and the delivery to the hospitals and family physician's offices started on the 15th of December. All the 14 000 doses will be delivered by the evening of the 21st December.

“Although most of the children experience only mild symptoms of COVID-19, some children get severely ill. We don't have to risk their health any more because we have vaccines for them. Parents shouldn't be afraid of getting their children vaccinated because the immune system of a child is ready to accept the vaccine and produce antibodies. Vaccines teach organisms to fight against viruses regardless if the child is 5 or 12 years old,” said the head chief of the Tallinn's Children's Hospitals Paediatric's Clinic, dr Reet Raukas.

To book a time for the vaccination, a parent must contact the child's family physician. If the family physician has joined the digital registry, or a parent would like to get a child vaccinated in a hospital's vaccination cabinet, the time can be booked via the digital registry. 

The state immunoprophylaxis committee advised on the 30th of November, that children between the age of 5-11 should be vaccinated to protect them falling seriously ill, prevent complications, and to stop the spread of COVID-19 among children and family members.

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