Since the outbreak of coronavirus, questions such as how to combat it with the right medication, cost of vaccines, and most importantly, how to win the trust of people to believe the effectiveness of vaccines have been around. But now more than ever, the question of ‘the certainty of children’s immunity to the virus’ is topical given the number of casualties of persons under eighteen years of age.
An epidemiologist in London’s School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Professor John Edmunds thinks all children from the age of 11 should be vaccinated. Though uncertain of the side effects, given children’s adverseness to the disease, it’s necessary if the vaccine is ascertained safe rather than leave the children to fall sick naturally.
Given that 25 per cent under 18 children have been affected in the UK so far and naturally might spread to other older family members and then neighbours. It is right to think of getting them vaccinated against the virus.
A member of SAGE- a group that provides emergency scientific and technical advice to the government in the UK, the professor believes that it is important to get the consent of the children first though.
Already countries like America and Israel have started vaccination and the UK is about to fall in line, so the next question is, will Ghana be looking into including children for vaccination?
By Jamila Abdul Wahab Follow on Twitter @activetvgh