Brunei deploys COVID vaccine for children 5-11 years

A total of 666 children received their first Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Saturday as Bandars Rivegawan – Brunei launched the COVID-19 vaccination drive of all ages. 5-11.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) said infants are now available with 50,000 initial doses at six vaccination centers nationwide.

Vaccine is optional And it is not used as a kind of passport to allow children to return to school.It’s part of our efforts bertawakkalTo prevent children from developing serious symptoms from COVID-19, “said the Minister of Health. YB Dato Dr Hj Mohd Isham Hj Jaafar.

He said that children are less likely to develop a serious coronavirus illness than adults, but in the medical system during the third wave of Omicron fuel compared to last year’s Delta-led second wave. He said that many children were hospitalized.

there were Two reported deaths Among Brunei’s 5-11 year olds — both unvaccinated and had underlying health problems — and four cases Pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a rare but serious condition that causes inflammation of important organs.

“Omicron strains most often cause mild symptoms in adults … but worldwide COVID-19 resulted in a 0.03 percent mortality rate. [for children under 14].. This means that for every 10,000 infected children, three will die. ” YB Dato Dr HjMohd Isham said.

Health Minister YB Dato Dr Hj Mohd Isham speaks with parents at the Indoor Stadium Vaccination Center on April 2, 2022. Photo: Rasidah Hj Abu Bakar / The Scoop

Earlier this week, Ministry of Health Prompted Parents of high-risk children, such as those with special needs and chronic health problems, are more likely to develop complications from COVID and should be vaccinated.

To date, 12% (16,000 or more children) of all COVID infections recorded in Brunei were under 12 years of age.

“We have provided parents with all the information. We want parents to make their own decisions. If they feel it is the right choice for them, the government will give them a vaccine. We are providing, “said the minister.

In an informal poll conducted on The Scoop’s Instagram page, 74% said they were in favor of COVID vaccination for children, and 24% said they weren’t. A total of 406 users responded to the polls over a 24-hour period.

Some poll respondents said they were concerned about the potential side effects of young children and the uncertainty of long-term consequences.

Data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), the world’s largest database system for monitoring vaccine safety, show that: 2.4 percent of children aged 5-11 From the 8 million doses given worldwide, there has been a serious response to the vaccine. From these, 11 cases of myocarditis (Muscle inflammation) was reported, but all children recovered. Child death is not directly related to the vaccine.

Balloons were distributed to children who received the first COVID jab at the indoor stadium. Brunei began vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 years on April 2, 2022. Photo: Rasidah Hj Abu Bakar / The Scoop

One parent, Hannah Lim, said she was “pre-vaccinated” and that her three sons, ages 18, 14, and 7 were all vaccinated.

I am very enthusiastic about this vaccination because my 7 year old son had a problem before Eczema, she said in an interview at the vaccination center at the indoor stadium. “”His immune system was impaired and there was an episode of temporary paralysis when he was three years old. “

“He’s now seven years old. It’s very important to me to get vaccinated because I don’t know what will happen if he gets infected with COVID.

“These old problems can actually recur and I don’t want it. This is for his protection and the protection of my family.”

She added, “I know there are parents who want to wait and see because they want to see the actual data from Brunei as well as abroad. This is okay for colleagues and people around them. It’s also my way to show that it’s very important to get vaccinated. “ Brunei deploys COVID vaccine for children 5-11 years

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