Vaccination of adolescents against COVID-19 begins - Rossiyskaya Gazeta

The issue of issuing QR codes as an incentive for adolescent vaccination was not considered at all, President’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday, January 13. He was not asked questions by chance: the head of the Gamaleya Center, Alexander Gintsburg, said that the Sputnik M vaccine for inoculating schoolchildren of 12-17 years old was ready, and the immunization of children would start next week.

On January 13, the Ministry of Health did not begin to clarify the details of the organization of the children’s vaccination campaign, as well as the timing of its start. But the strategy remains the same: vaccinations will be strictly voluntary, there are no plans to introduce any restrictions for those who do not want to. The start of the campaign depends on the readiness of the regions. At a recent meeting held by the ministry with the participation of all territories, this topic was actively discussed. And the regions have already begun preparations.

In St. Petersburg, for example, they plan to receive the vaccine within the next ten days, the head of the St. Petersburg health committee Dmitry Lisovets announced this after a meeting at the Ministry of Health. In St. Petersburg, as well as in Moscow, parents of schoolchildren are phoned from polyclinics – they are invited to sign up for a vaccination. True, this work has been going on here for several months – in the framework of clinical trials of a children’s vaccine.

Other regions are also coming up. In the Rostov region, homeroom teachers must provide school nurses with lists of consenting vaccinations by January 17. This information is shared by parents in school chats, IA Regnum reports.

Vaccination points for adolescents have been set up in the Nizhny Novgorod region. The regional health ministry said that vaccination teams have already been organized, which will work in them. According to the forecasts of the Minister of Health of the Orenburg Region, Tatyana Savinova, by the end of this week there should be an understanding of how much children’s vaccine the region will receive. The chief doctors were also instructed to draw up lists of children whose parents are ready to be vaccinated, according to the city information portal Orenburg Minister of Education Aleksey Pakhomov has already spoken on a local TV channel and once again confirmed that “no one will force anyone.” Lists of children are compiled so that there is an understanding of how much vaccine needs to be delivered to specific institutions. By the way, Pakhomov said that he plans to vaccinate his eldest son, although he had had a coronavirus. And the regional minister once again assured that no one would remove unvaccinated children from school. There is no legal basis for this.

Parents discuss in school chats vaccination of children against coronavirus infection

Recall that vaccination against COVID-19 for adolescents 12-17 years old was included in the national immunization schedule in the section on epidemic indications at the end of December 2021. The Ministry of Health emphasized that this does not make the vaccination of minors compulsory, but is necessary, first of all, in order to plan the volume of production of the drug. After all, the implementation of the vaccination calendar is financed at the expense of state funds.

“The introduction of vaccination of adolescents from 12 to 18 years of age against a new coronavirus infection in the Vaccination Calendar according to epidemiological indications in no way makes vaccination mandatory for this age group,” said Assistant Minister of Health Alexei Kuznetsov. Vaccination is exclusively voluntary: the vaccination will be done only with the written consent of one of the parents or legal representative. And senior schoolchildren 15-17 years old will make their own consent to the vaccination.

Gunzburg yesterday once again recalled that there are several reasons for the vaccination of children: children are active participants in the epidemic process, they can become disseminators of infection, infecting parents and grandparents. In addition, when infected with “delta” children get sick more severely than before.

As for the vaccination of teachers, teachers are included in the list of categories for which vaccination is mandatory. In case of refusal to vaccinate, according to the Ministry of Labor of Russia, teachers should not be allowed to work.

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