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Cuba guarantees vaccination against Covid-19 for children, teenagers

Cuba guarantees vaccination against Covid-19 for children, teenagers

Havana, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) Cuba guarantees the vaccination against Covid-19 to all children and teenagers, for which the mass immunization of two-year-old children will begin on September 16, health authorities reported on Monday.

On a televised press briefing, Dr. Maria Elena Soto Entenza, head of the Department of Primary Health Care at the Public Health Ministry (MINSAP), explained that from that day on, the vaccination program will be extended to children.

This process started on September 5 in the central province of Cienfuegos and so far it is going well, she said.

She reaffirmed that no child or adolescent should be left without immunization and those convalescing from Covid-19 will receive the Soberana Plus vaccine (one dose), first after their progress, and in the next few weeks, in adults who have passed the disease.

In both adults and children, in order to administer Soberana Plus, designed by Cuba’s Finlay Vaccines Institute, two months must have passed after testing negative to the virus and being epidemiologically discharged.

Dr. Soto Entenza also clarified that in general, medications such as antihistamines do not contraindicate the heterologous vaccination scheme for children (two doses of Soberana 02 in 0-28 days and one dose of Soberana Plus on day 56th).

In total, 6,966,314 people have received at least one dose of any of these products. Of these, 5,173,996 people have already received the second dose and 4,286,629 have been administered the full immunization scheme (three doses).

As a single dose of the Soberna Plus vaccine for convalescents, 11,355 injections have been administered.

On September 3, Cuba’s regulatory authority approved the first Covid-19 mass immunization campaign for children from 2 to 18 years of age.


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