Thursday, February 2, 2023

School Year 2023: Health Ministry clarifies whether it will be mandatory for students to get Covid-19 vaccine for return to school

Before schools return to Guatemala in 2023, Health Minister Francisco Coma encouraged parents to vaccinate their children against COVID-19, though he stressed that vaccination is “voluntary” and also “optional” Is.

“As a general health recommendation, parents should vaccinate their children to the extent they feel safe,” he explained in an interview. free Press why Guatevision,

According to COMA, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, the decision to return students to face-to-face classes remains firm, leaving it to the discretion of educational institutions, both public and private, to continue with measures to prevent the transmission of COVID – 19.

Koma speculated that due to the presence of Omicron subvariants that are more infectious, it is likely that we will see an increase in positive cases of coronavirus after the end of the year in the coming weeks.

Although, according to the official, so far the number of hospitalized patients due to the effects of the virus is under control, these strains are more contagious, but with less severe effects of the disease.

Hint on vaccination against Kovid-19 in students

Faced with one last outbreak, Koma suggested that parents take their children to complete vaccination schedules to protect them not only from COVID-19, but also against other diseases such as influenza.

“Dosages are available for children over 6 years of age, let’s take advantage of them,” said the chief of health.

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However, Koma reiterated that “Vaccination is not mandatory, it is a voluntary act and is left to the decision of the parents”,

The official recalled that there is evidence which has shown that vaccines are effective and safe in reducing severe symptoms of the virus.

So far, he said the health department has not received notices from colleges or schools where requests are being made as to the need for coronavirus vaccination for students to return to classes.

“We have a very low demand in both the adult and child populations,” he said, calling on Guatemalans to go to the centers to get the vaccine for free.

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