Cuba vaccinates children as young as 2 in strategy to reopen schools, economy

Cuba vaccinates children as young as 2 in strategy to reopen schools, economy
A girl gets a dose of the Cuban made Soberana-02 vaccine for COVID-19 in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Cuba became the first country in the world to begin the mass vaccination of kids as old as 2 against Covid-19. TRhe country started its masisve vaccination, including clildren, in September.

While the Covid-19 vaccines are not mandatory, children and parents have been filling clinics, hospitals and even converted schools to get the shot for their kids.

“I am relieved,” Laura Tijeras said after her 4-year-old daughter Anisol got the first dose of Cuba’s home-grown Soberana vaccine.

She added: “A lot of people are still getting sick and with the vaccine. We are more protected.”

During a single day at a policlínico in Havana, more than 230 children ages 3 to 5 were vaccinated, the clinic’s administrator said.

To put kids at ease, nurses and doctors wore Mickey Mouse ears above their uniforms and brought in a clown with a speaker system to perform for them at full volume.

Like adults receiving vaccinations, children in Cuba will also require three doses before they are considered fully vaccinated.

With the arrival of the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Cuba, cases among children have skyrocketed.

Cuban Health Minister Jose Portal Miranda wrote in an article: “It’s alarming the numbers of infections of the new coronavirus that have occurred in Cuba in the last few months in the pediatric population.”

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