“It is analyzed that reinforcement vs Covid is every year”

The General Director of Health Promotion, Ricardo Cortés Alcalá, affirmed that the federal Ministry of Health continues to analyze the possibility of vaccinating children between 5 and 11 years of age against Covid-19, although he reiterated that this age group is at lower risk of A serious illness. He even argued that if the minor’s family circle is fully vaccinated, they protect minors from contagion and serious illness.

On February 20, the Fourth Collegiate Court in Administrative Matters of the First Circuit determined that judges can admit amparos and order the corresponding health authorities to apply the Covid-19 vaccine to minors between 5 and 11 years of age.

Interviewed by El Economista, the manager defended the federal government’s position of not applying the vaccine to children under 11 years of age. However, he stated that he continues to analyze the issue on a scientific basis.

“We are doing the analysis, we are looking for available information, but not for us, but so that the Technical Advisory Group can also issue a specific recommendation. Something that I think is also very important is that fortunately girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 11, who are the group that is not yet covered by the vaccine in our country, have an extremely low risk of getting sick, and in addition to those who get sick to get complicated and die, therefore, from my personal and professional perspective, as the father of a five-year-old boy, I am completely calm.

“We are looking for options, always thinking about the collective well-being, public health, the well-being of all more than the well-being of a single person who has other elements of protection, such as the fact that their family members of legal age are vaccinated. There is a study in a major scientific journal, which says that a girl or boy under 12 years of age, who lives in a fully vaccinated family, reduces the possibility of contagion from her, ”she argued.

Annual doses

Dr. Ricardo Cortés Alcalá affirmed that two years after the first case of Covid-19 infection in our country, and one year after the start of vaccination, the possibility of immunizing people every year is being analyzed, with the exception that immunocompromised people can receive booster doses in a shorter time.

“The need to have different booster doses is being studied internationally. It must be remembered that the disease is caused by a respiratory virus that we can compare with the Influenza virus, and that, like this same virus, it has constant mutations like many other respiratory viruses. That means there are different scenarios. One of them is that international clinical research determines that, as for influenza, for SarsCoV-2 it could be an annual vaccination or that different booster doses are required at different times, according to our physical and biological characteristics. ”, he referred.

They seek normality

Taking stock two years after the start of the pandemic in Mexico, the medical specialist said that it is necessary for people to return to as normal as possible under the already known prevention measures.

“We have learned a lot as people, as a population. The vaccine is one of the basic prevention measures, as is the use of face masks in closed and poorly ventilated spaces; that the opening of schools has also not represented a negative impact on the increase in infections, and that it has represented a positive scheme in the development of children and adolescents who need to go to schools to learn by living and learn by living together . We must seek to return to the greatest possible normality, with social coexistence that is very important to have this balance in the three spheres of health defined by the World Health Organization, which are the biological, psychological and social spheres “, finished.

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