Covid vaccine for children not necessary to reopen schools: PGI pediatricians
Citing the low severity of reported cases of the virus in children, pediatricians at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) said on Saturday that authorities did not need to wait for a vaccine to be rolled out for less. age 18 before reopening schools.
Pediatricians were speaking on Saturday at a North Zone Pedicon event, hosted by the Chandigarh Pediatrician Association, in which around 300 delegates attended.
PGIMER pediatrician Dr Arun Bhansal said: “PGIMER conducted a serological survey for the pediatric population in August, in which it was found that 72.7% of children, aged six to 18, had acquired natural antibodies against Covid. Despite the spread of the virus among the pediatric population, only a few cases of serious infection have been reported in UT and more than 95% of children were asymptomatic.
“Plus, kids go to malls, markets and parks, where they can be exposed to the virus, so there’s no point in closing schools where kids can actually learn and grow. Due to the closure of the schools, the children had health, psychological and physical problems while they were sitting at home, ”he said.
“Now is the right time to reopen schools because most of the adults in our country are vaccinated. Instead of waiting for the vaccines, the school administration should vaccinate the staff, ”added Dr Bhansal.
Pediatricians also reported that PGIMER recorded multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a post-Covid complication. To date, 100 of these complications have been reported to PGIMER.
UT’s education department has gradually reopened classes for students. By July, offline classes had started for students in grade 9 or above, after which the school was opened for grades 7 and 8 in August, and students in grades 5 and 6 also resumed classes at from September 2.
The summative evaluation tests for classes 5 to 8, which will be held between October 4 and 20, will also take place physically, with valid exceptions. Attendance has also increased by 10-15% to 50% in some public schools.