BUCHAREST, Romania ( Associated Press) – Children aged 5-11 years in Romania will be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 starting in late January, officials said, as the country grapples with the virus’s surge and low adult vaccination rates on Friday. is battling.
The National Immunization Committee said Thursday that parents or legal guardians can schedule appointments starting this week to have their children vaccinated with Pfizer Jabs, which will be available from January 26.
Health officials said 219 pediatric immunization centers are configured in the national programming platform and shots can be administered at dedicated centers and without appointments in surgery of some general practitioners. The jabs will be administered over a span of 21 days.
Romania, an EU country of about 19.5 million, has the second-lowest vaccination rate against COVID-19 in the 27-nation bloc, with only 48% of adults fully vaccinated, compared to the EU average of 80%. In. Several other EU countries have already started vaccination programs for children under the age of 12.
Despite aid from the bloc’s commission in December helping Romania launch a media campaign to encourage its vaccination rate, daily jab uptake has remained low over the past week, at around 25,000.
The country currently faces a sharp rise in infections, with 9,884 new infections recorded on Friday – the highest number of daily cases since the beginning of November when infections were falling after a deadly wave that left the country with low health. The care system was overwhelmed.
Since the pandemic began, Romania has reported nearly 1.9 million confirmed COVID-19 infections, and 59,180 people have died.
Several hundred cases of the fast-spreading Omicron type have already been confirmed, and health officials have warned that a new epidemic of 25,000 daily infections could be recorded in the coming weeks.
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