COVID vaccine: Colombia will immunize children between three and 11 years old



Colombia will vaccinate minors between the ages of three and 11 against COVID-19 from October 31, President Iván Duque reported on Friday. It was the last age group remaining to enter the immunization plan.

Children will be vaccinated with the two doses of the pharmaceutical company Sinovac, explained the president through Twitter.

Sinovac dosages were endorsed to be administered in minors from six years of age by the National Institute of Food and Drug Surveillance (Invima), the Colombian authority on this matter.

This permission was given “by the antecedents of the wide use of the vaccine SARS-COV-2 (Vero Cell), Inactivated – Coronavac in children of three to 17 years in China, and of six to 17 years in Chile among other countries, without security alerts have arisen, “Invima said in a statement on October 22.

The Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz, explained that to endorse the vaccination they took into account the consensus of experts made up of the Colombian scientific societies. “This is the most important gift that is given to the children of the country to protect them, reduce the contagion to their families and achieve such important issues as their safe return to the classroom,” Ruiz said Friday in an official statement.

The government hopes to vaccinate 7.1 million children who are in that age range.

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