Pfizer Vaccines Targets Adolescents 12 to Below 18 Years and Pregnant Women

The 100,620 doses of the vaccines can be sufficient to cowl for 50,310 of our eligible adolescents and pregnant girls to be absolutely vaccinated towards COVID-19 with the Pfizer vaccine.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) want to emphasize that the 100,620 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines supplied by the federal government of the United States of America (USA), by way of COVAX Facility, that arrived final week, can be allotted for adolescents 12 to beneath 18 years of age and pregnant girls solely.

These vaccines can be administered in well being clinics and faculties, the place pregnant moms and youngsters can be simpler to attain. The Ministry of Health is collaborating with the Ministry of Education to help the roll out within the faculties and all youngsters who will obtain the Pfizer vaccine will solely get jabbed if their dad and mom or guardians consent for his or her vaccination.

The 100,620 doses of the vaccines can be sufficient to cowl for 50,310 of our eligible adolescents and pregnant girls to be absolutely vaccinated towards COVID-19 with the Pfizer vaccine. The roll out of Pfizer will allow us not solely to improve protection of vaccinated individuals but additionally broaden protection to different teams of the inhabitants, on this case adolescents 12 to beneath 18 years and pregnant girls, who usually are not eligible to obtain AstraZeneca and Sinopharm.

The World Health Organisation and the Solomon Islands National Drugs and Therapeutic Committee (NDTC), chargeable for authorizing any use of medicine together with vaccines in Solomon Islands, have licensed Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to be used in these two teams.

With the problem of restricted availability of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the precedence is to attain out to adolescents and pregnant girls in Honiara City Council (HCC) and Guadalcanal Province (GP) first earlier than transferring out to the provinces.

This assertion is made in gentle of media enquiries obtained by the ministry pertaining to whether or not Pfizer may even be used as booster dose to those that already obtained AstraZeneca and Sinopharm vaccines.

The COVID-19 booster dose is being provided in lots of nations and to populations at increased danger of great manifestations of COVID and to individuals extra possible to are available contact with COVID-19 sufferers akin to well being care staff and different front-liners. New knowledge are rising that booster dose additional strengthens the defence system of physique and lends extra safety.

The National COVID-19 Vaccination Technical Working Group of the Ministry of Health will research the proof associated to administration of booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine taking into account the context in Solomon Islands, points akin to vaccine availability, coverage and COVID-19 vaccine guideline change earlier than any announcement of booster doses are made.

It is necessary to notice that pregnant moms and youngsters inside these age group are additionally vulnerable to falling very sick, admitted to the hospital and even die from COVID-19. Therefore, the Ministry is wanting ahead in direction of the cooperation of pregnant moms and dad and mom and guardians of kids 12 to 18 years previous because the Ministry of Health and Medical Services rolls out the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.

Source: MHMS Media

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