Schools can reopen without vaccinating children, says V.K. Paul


New Delhi, Sep 9 (IANS): Children need not be vaccinated for schools to reopen, NITI Aayog's Member, Health, Dr V.K. Paul announced on Thursday.

"Nowhere in the world has vaccination of children been set up as a criteria or condition to reopen schools. All we need is to curb the spread of infection which can only be ensured through complete vaccination of parents, teachers and other staff members of the school," said Paul while answering a question at a press conference on the actions taken, preparedness and updates on Covid-19.

"However, we need to ensure that classes are taken in an open surrounding with a good ventilation and children, along with the entire teaching and non-teaching staff, strictly adhering to the Covid-19 guidelines."

On the number of vaccines being tested for children, he said: "Firstly, this topic is still an evolving scientific and public health discourse. Only a few nations have introduced vaccination for children and there is no WHO recommendation to move ahead in this direction because of low mortality rate and high incidents of asymptomatic infection."

"Despite that India is working actively in the direction of scientific validation of our vaccine for potential use in children.

"As of now we have Zydus (Cadila) which is already licensed for children. We have details of the stockpile and our scientific bodies are doing research on the ways it could be administered," Paul added.

"Covaxin's trial in children is almost on the verge of completion. Once we have the results, it would be readily available to be potentially given to our younger generation. In this way, we will have yet another option."

Similarly, some other vaccines are also in line, he added.

While children were left untouched by the SARS-COV-2 virus during the first wave in 2020, a significant number of those below 18 years of age tested positive in April and May this year - a time when India witnessed a devastating second wave due to a new Delta variant. Since then, the discussion around vaccination of children and adolescents has picked up pace.

 

  

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 09 2021

    Leave our kids alone and never try to enforce your unscientific mandatesand restrictions on parents too as vacs are voluntary and the cases filed by people against mandating vacs without any scientific proof that they prevent infections through fake RTPCR tests are subjudice. Criminal cases can be filled against any authorities acting like marketing agents of vaccine industries if they do. Only natural immunity is permanent and can counter any variants or mutants. For a cold like viral infection with recovery rate of same or less dangerous than seasonal flu with 99.997% no vaccines are needed except for the vulnerable people who too won't get any benefit as their immune system is compromised and without innate immunity they hardly produce any antibodies despite getting real vaccines. The harm they might cause is far greater than the assumed benefits they are claimed to have in company propaganda which is often repeated by our medical fraternity people without learning what present vacs contain.

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  • John, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 09 2021

    Covaxin much much better than DNA modifying Zydus, indian make but looks like know how is Western. Also it is dangerous for growing children chances of autism or double personality more. Should have done long term study 3 to 5 years not short term 3 phase trials. When playing DNA based vaccine with immune system of growing children much care needs to be taken ?

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