Government ready to start vaccinating children older than 12 in South Africa

JimM

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The risk to <18 is low but the vaccine has been proven to reduce to risk of passing on of the virus with those who are not symptomatic.
 

Gaz{M}

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But they need to prioritise those >50 yrs old still. Kids don't need the vaccine unless they have health challenges.
 

Johnatan56

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Covid isn't that much of a risk for kids in this age category.
Was true up until June 2021, was something like 6k kids in England <18 who had it and were hospitalized (stats from Feb 2021).
Delta onward seems to target younger people a lot more, just because they're more likely not to have been vaccinated (and more contagious, just way more cases is the issue).
DEBIASI: Well, we've always seen a rate of hospitalization in children, even at the earlier surges of this disease. But I think what's being appreciated now is that since the delta variant is causing so much more sheer volume of infections and cases, that same percentage is reflected as a larger number of children that are ending up in the hospital. Now, we have had at Children's over 3,000 kids that we've taken care of with COVID since the beginning of this pandemic. And in this last surge, we are now again filling up our hospital isolation unit beds with children who are sick and have to be hospitalized.

SHAPIRO: So it sounds like you're saying children are the same proportion of hospitalizations compared to adults as before, it's just that because the delta variant is so much more contagious and kids under 12 are not vaccinated that you're seeing a greater number of them.

DEBIASI: That is right. And, you know, if we look at the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Association data, which has really been a very good source of information every two weeks since the beginning of this, children are still somewhere between 12- to 15% of all the cases of COVID and still are about 3- to 4% of all the hospitalizations. And we have not seen a huge change in that, even with this delta variant.

Have family in paediatrics that say they've been getting a lot more kids with it that ended up in hospital.
 

Gaz{M}

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Yeah, the latest stats I saw was only 52.5 percent of over 60s fully vaccinated, which is far too low. Need to get to 70-80 percent.
Correct, simply because lockdowns which we all hate are caused by severe disease and death strain placed on the healthcare system, which is largely due to the unvaccinated aged and unhealthy.
 
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