In several countries, most of the elderly are vaccinated, as in Hungary, in these countries another wave of epidemics may develop among young people – writes the Blikk.hu.
Virologists say another wave could arrive in the fall as well.
In order for children to have a minimum level of protection against the coronavirus at the start of the school year, they should receive at least their first vaccination by 15 August at the latest.
– Prof. Dr. Sándor Tóth told Bors.
The unanimous opinion of Hungarian experts, virologists, doctors and immunologists is that there will be another wave of epidemics in Hungary, which may come to us in the beginning of autumn.
We are the first in Europe to vaccinate people under the age of 18, with 11 per cent of us having already received at least the first coronavirus vaccine. Of the roughly eight million adult residents in Hungary, 5.33 million have been vaccinated so far, bringing our vaccination rate to 68 percent.
According to Ferenc Jakab, a virologist and head of the National Virology Laboratory, the virus is still a real threat to unvaccinated people. Achieving herd immunity requires that children also receive the vaccine. Vaccination poses no greater risk to young people than to adults, as these are products made with modern technology.
– the professor emphasized at the scientific symposium held at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Professor of virology Sándor Tóth drew attention to the fact that
roughly 50 percent of the 16-18 age group is already vaccinated, and it would be ideal to reach that number among 12-15 year olds as well, with only 12 percent for now.
Prof. Dr. Miklós Rusvai, a virologist, told Bors that it is safe to vaccinate the little ones.
We are currently vaccinated against the coronavirus over the age of 12 because the Phase 3 clinical trial for Pfizer, which has also been approved by the European Medicines Agency, has so far been completed with encouraging results. Several manufacturers are testing the safe vaccination of young children, and clinical trials of Pfizer and Moderna and the safe vaccination of children between six months and 12 years are already underway. And AstraZeneca began testing vaccinations in 6-year-olds in the UK as early as April. Beijing recently approved the vaccination of children aged 3-17 with Sinopharm vaccine. It is expected that the school-age child will have a vaccine by the autumn, and based on the results, we will be able to choose from several types of coronavirus vaccines.
Said the specialist.
Dr. Sándor Tóth previously told Bors that vaccinations are no more dangerous for children than for adults. Children’s immune systems are constantly maturing, they receive their first vaccine from the age of 6 weeks with a vaccine against BCG containing a weakened bacterium
The virologist explained.
Not only can children be carriers of the virus, they can also get sick and even asymptomatic can develop complications later on. A 6-year-old child was hospitalized for three weeks with covid-induced organ inflammation, and an 18-year-old boy had severe skin symptoms on his feet.
Dr. Gabriella Mango told Bors.
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