The Guyanese government has announced that it will go ahead with plans to acquire COVID-19 vaccines for infants aged five to eleven years old, to enhance their immunity and protect them against the virus that has killed 1 234 and infected 64 639 others since 2020.
The vaccine, which will be phased in over the next few weeks, is intended to prevent pneumonia. “The vaccine is going to be launched,” said Minister of Health Dr Frank Anthony. “We’ll be receiving the pediatric Pfizer vaccines as well. These vaccines, which may be given to kids between the ages of 11 and five, will begin production in mid-June.”
While the vaccines are still on their way, Anthony said health workers will be trained to safely administer them as well as how to monitor youngsters after vaccination. “So, in essence, it would allow us to fully educate our personnel on the vaccine and after we’ve done that, we’ll start rolling out the vaccine for the five- to 11-year-old group. “
The World Health Organization (WHO) has given the Pfizer vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old the go-ahead to be reformulated, and according to the Health Minister, authorities here have been working hard to obtain it. He went on to say that the government will administer the first booster dose to 12- to 17-year-olds soon.
“For the first time, we’ll provide booster doses for people 12 to 17 years old, so beginning in June, kids in this age group will be able to get a boost dose,” he added. “I think we need to do more,” he added. “The vaccination rate among this age group is concerning; therefore, I believe that more youngsters should get vaccinated.