With COVID-19 cases seeing a surge every day, medical experts believe that vaccination offers the best protection against the virus.
Your child will be vaccinated with Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. It is approved by the Government of India for administration to children over 15 years.
At our secure green zone, paediatric experts will take utmost care and precautionary measures to ensure maximum safety for your child within the hospital premises.
This vaccination is extremely important for your child. It protects him/her from acquiring the infection (asymptomatic mostly) from the corona virus and the consequent risk of getting the disease (mildmostly), which can in some cases lead to severe clinical illness and even serious complications.
It spreads wherever people get together in groups, transmitted from one to the other. This can happen at parties, wedding functions and in schools. Transmission of the corona virus is most common at school in children.
No. Most individuals but especially children may not show severe symptoms or be asymptomatic. They can still carry and transmit the infection to other children and adults (including family members).
The only well-demonstrated method is to administer vaccination to as many people (including children) as possible and as quickly as possible.
The vaccine is the same except the quantity of the active ingredient (the antigen) is less in the Paediatric vaccine.
In the vast majority of children, there are no side effects. Occasionally, children may get local effects in terms of pain and redness at the injection site.
Information available from the Astra Zeneca vaccine (Covishield from Serum Institute of India) shows protection of 70% from the disease and over 90% for hospitalisation. Covaxin (from Bharat Biotech) has similar rates of protection
Data collected from adult vaccination mentions 4 to 6 months and it is probably the same for children. It may be a longer period for children since their immune system is more robust. With the current vaccines, boosters will be needed at intervals, not unlike what we have for Influenza vaccines.
According to the Health Ministry guidelines, only Covaxin will be administered to children in the age group of 15-18 years. Children who are 15 years or more will be able to register on Co-WIN platform.
New data is coming in every day. So far the strain appears more infectious than the earlier strains (spreading faster), but fortunately leading to fewer complications and resultant hospitalisations. Vaccination is the only protection we have against the rapidly spreading coronavirus.
Nobody knows the future, but the virus is probably here to stay, just like the Influenza virus which has been with us for decades, if not for centuries.