The vaccination of children aged 12 to 15 has officially kicked off in Romania today, June 2, with the BioTech – Pfizer vaccine. The coordinator of the anti-Covid vaccination rollout, Valeriu Gheorghiță, has underlined that the minors must come to get the jab accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian, while advising families to schedule the kids on the online vaccination platform in order to avoid the risk of waiting too much.
“The vaccination phase for children aged 12 to 15 has started officially today in all vaccination centres in Romania where the vaccine produced by BioTech – Pfizer is distributed. There have been over 2,100 appointments on the national platform for this age in the past 24 hours, besides the people who went directly to the vaccination centres. The children can take the jab either by going directly tot he centre, or through the platform. I am glad that a part of parents chose to make the appointment on the platform for this way we can provide for a clear time frame,” said Valeriu Gheorghiță.
The first centre for children aged 12 to 15 has been opened today in Lumea Copiilor Park in Bucharest’s District 4, but vaccination is possible in other centres as well. “We have signals that there are children have been vaccinated since the early hours”, Gheorghiță said.
“I personally talked to some children, they even wrote to me and they were very happy they could take the jab (…) There were children who have been waiting for this step for weeks. I think we have a segment of young population which gives us many hopes”, he added.
The coordinator of the national vaccination rollout, the permit for the teens aged 12 to 15 to take the vaccine brings a huge benefit particularly for the chronically ill children, those who have conditions that predispose them to a high risk of severe forms of the Covid infection, such as the neuropsychiatric diseases, Down syndrome, children in foster homes, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic kidney diseases, obesity.
“Therefore, there is a real need for the vulnerable children to get access to the vaccination during this period”, the doctor pointed out.