Cuba begins covid vaccination in children and young people from 2 to 18 years old

Cuba launched on Friday a national vaccination campaign against coronavirus on children and adolescents two to 18 years of age, which the government made a condition before reopen schools.

While other countries like China and Venezuela announced their intention to vaccinate children, Cuba, which faces a rise in cases that threatens its health system, is the first to run it.

This campaign, which includes the Cuban vaccines Abdala and Soberana, will include a first time to teenagers 12 years and over, before extending from two to 11 years as of September 15.

I always wanted to get vaccinated “against the covid, says 17-year-old Laura Lantigua, who received her first of three injections at the Saul Delgado high school, in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana.

The young woman waited for an hour to see if she had “any reaction.” “I felt normal, good,” he noted.

It is a satisfactory experience, “said Ronald Martinez, who has just turned 18. It is good” to feel that, being vaccinated, we can have a social life again, and have the relationships we lost two years ago again “, he pondered.

The country’s schools They are closed since March 2020 and only opened briefly for a few weeks at the end of the year.

Students follow courses on television, which they will resume on Monday.

The government decided that schools they will only reopen, in a staggered manner, when all the country’s children are vaccinated.

With 11.2 million inhabitants, Cuba accumulates 672 thousand 599 cases and 5 thousand 538 deaths from coronavirus.

Some 95,100 minors had covid and seven died.

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