Quebec would move towards a prudent vaccination of children

Public health has set the course for the vaccination of young Quebecers under 12, but this process will be done under the sign of caution, experts believe.

The director of the vaccination campaign, Daniel Paré, recently called for a fall plan that includes children aged 11 and under when necessary. Its aim is to be ready to react as soon as the vaccine is authorized for children.

According to information from Journal, an internal memo circulating at the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale reports the vaccination of 6-12 year olds in primary schools from November and December. The turn of 0-5 year olds would come next year.

This memo also recalls that the fourth wave will hit young people above all and that hospitals are faced with sick children.

For the expert in immunology and virology at the National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS), Alain Lamarre, it is “realistic to think that it will be done fairly quickly”, even if greater precautions must be taken for this group. of age.

Test lower doses

The 5 to 11 year olds do not respond in the same way to the vaccination as the older ones, he explains.

“That’s why it’s possibly a little longer, because you have to retest the doses. We know that clinical studies are currently evaluating different doses, lower doses of the vaccine for this population, ”explains Mr. Lamarre.

This increased caution from the pharmaceutical industry and public health authorities could even mean that it would be necessary to wait a few more months before vaccinating these young people, estimates the Dr Mathieu Simon, head of the intensive care unit at the Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec.

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“Up to the age of 12, organs are being created and the impact is more difficult to measure. Therefore, the studies are longer because they are more careful. There is no reason to believe that the vaccine is more dangerous than any drug, but good studies always take longer. Children also have more difficulty in expressing themselves on possible symptoms, ”explains the specialist.

More pressure?

According to the Dr Simon, about 1% of patients currently hospitalized in Florida are children under the age of 12.

“Health Canada and the Canadian Pediatrician Association do not expect children under 12 to be vaccinated before the end of winter or in the spring of 2022, but that may change if children are severely affected,” adds he does.

The story is similar with Mr. Lamarre, who believes parents might feel a form of pressure in the event of multiple outbreaks in the young.

The good news remains, however, that studies are well underway and that no major glitches have been reported so far, he says.

The latest daily report yesterday reported 579 new cases of COVID-19 in Quebec and no deaths. The number of people hospitalized is also down by five.

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