Nearly half of children aged 5 to 11 have missed their first dose

More than 300,000 children aged between five and 11 have started vaccinating against covid-19, corresponding to about half of the eligible universe, the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) announced this Monday.

According to the DGS daily report on covid-19 vaccination carried out in mainland Portugal, 300,481 children between the ages of five and 11 were vaccinated with one dose until Sunday, the day on which the second vaccination period for minors of these ended. age groups and which took place over four days.

According to the accounts released this Monday, 45,151 children from five to 11 years old started vaccination against covid-19 on Sunday.

The vaccination of children at these ages took place in two periods, on the weekend of December 18 and 19 and between January 6 and 9.

48% of children aged 5 to 11 years still without first dose

In view of the data released this Monday, and given the number of children aged between five and 11 for whom vaccination against covid-19 is recommended, which the DGS quantifies at around 626,000, remain to be immunized with a first dose. 48% of minors in this age group.

To date, according to the DGS, about 45,000 children are no longer eligible for vaccination, as they “contracted the disease” in the last three months.

The DGS clarifies, in a press release, that children who have not yet been immunized “will have the opportunity to schedule vaccination for the next periods dedicated to pediatric vaccination, starting on February 5”.

From February 5th to March 13th, the second pediatric doses will also be administered, which complete the vaccination schedule.

The DGS recommends vaccinating children between the ages of five and 11 against covid-19, noting that “the number of new cases” in children of these ages “has been increasing”, at a time when the dominant variant Ómicron is circulating, most transmissible, of the coronavirus that causes covid-19.

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