Suara.com – Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) has repeatedly received reports of derivatives of the Omicron variant of the corona virus. Starting from BA.1, BA.2, to the second hybrid subvariant, namely XE.
In fact, reported The Health SiteWHO is concerned about the new XE subvariance because according to research it is 10 times more infectious than the BA.2 or ‘Stealth Omicron’ subvariance.
All of these subvariants can infect anyone regardless of age, gender, and other factors. According to recent data, many children aged 5 to 11 years fall ill with Omicron symptoms.
But parents need not worry, as a new study shows Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is highly effective in protecting children from Omicron.
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In research published in The New England Journal Medicineresearchers say two doses of this mRNA vaccine can prevent 68% of severe Covid-19 in children aged 5 to 11 years.
“The reason a child gets vaccinated against Covid-19 is to prevent severe complications from SARS-CoV-2 infection, including hospitalization,” said researcher Adrienne Randolph of Boston Children’s Hospital.
He continued, “Evidence shows that vaccination reduces this risk substantially in children aged 5 to 11 years.”
Not only that, the vaccine also protects adolescents from severe Covid-19 due to severe Delta variant infection by up to 96% and 79% against severe Omicron.
“It (Covid-19 vaccine) prevents critical illness from both variants,” he said.
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