Is it worth vaccinating children during the SARS-CoV-2 virus pandemic? Is it safe? Won’t giving the vaccine weaken your immunity and put you at greater risk of getting infected with the coronavirus? Experts answer questions from parents and guardians.
Should children be immunized during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Many parents are still concerned about the safety of their child getting vaccinated during a pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that all routine immunizations be performed as planned, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is currently no evidence that the pandemic poses any particular vaccine risk.
Experts emphasize that it is particularly important to perform planned vaccinations of children at birth and in the first two years of life. Vaccinating the most vulnerable children who have not received routine immunization in the past should also be a priority. The Minister of Health and the Chief Sanitary Inspector also recommend vaccination as part of the Childhood Immunization Program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Timely immunization is essential to protect against serious and life-threatening infectious diseases, as well as to avoid the build-up of unvaccinated groups and the potential loss of social immunity.