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The Ministry of Health plans to consider the possibility of vaccination against COVID-19 for children from 5 years old from April.

Deputy Health Minister Chief Medical Officer Ihor Kuzin said this in an interview with BBC News Ukraine, the Ukrainian News Agency reports.

According to him, the experience of other countries where vaccinations are already practiced shows that it is safe to vaccinate children from 5 years old, that thanks to vaccinations against covid, premature mortality is avoided, especially in the background of severe somatic diseases; prevent epidemics in organized teams.

Also, according to him, there have not yet been the recommendations of the European technical group of experts on vaccinations for children from 5 years old, that is to say that at European level such a question does not. was not considered.

“We plan to consider vaccinating children from around the age of 5 starting in April,” Kuzin said.

He noted that children are only vaccinated at the request of parents, around 140,000 children aged 12 to 18 have already been vaccinated.

The chief medical officer added that the incidence of adverse events after vaccination of children is not higher than in adults, that is, nothing unusual has been recorded.

“If a child has concomitant diseases – cancer, asthma, cardiovascular disease, then I would advise getting vaccinated. Because the course of the coronavirus in such a child can be difficult. If the child is healthy, the decision will depend of the frequency with which this child visits organized collectives ”, he declared.

As the Ukrainian News Agency previously reported, Ukraine is introducing a COVID-19 booster dose for people over 18, with preference given to Moderna or Pfizer vaccines regardless of the vaccine. with which the person was previously vaccinated.

Kuzin said that an extra dose of the coronavirus vaccine does not extend the validity of the COVID certificate and that the booster dose increases it by 270 days.

In January, Ukraine introduced a COVID-19 booster dose with Moderna or Pfizer vaccines for people over 60, six months after the second dose.

At the end of December 2021, Ukraine introduced a COVID-19 booster dose with Moderna or Pfizer vaccines for medical staff and workers in shelters.

In December, the national coronavirus vaccination plan was met at 43.5%.

On January 10, the number of new cases of Covid-19 registered in Ukraine increased by 5,429 from January 9 to 3,709,871, and the number of deaths increased by 219 from January 9 to 97,544; at the same time, the number of new cases increased by 2.8 times, and the number of new deaths increased by 2.5 times.

According to the report, as of the morning of January 11, a total of 3,709,871 laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases were recorded in Ukraine; the number included 97,544 deaths; 3,522,547 had recovered.

On January 10, a total of 5,429 new cases of the disease were recorded, 219 people died and 7,761 people recovered.

As a result, as of January 10, the number of people newly infected was more than those who have recovered (5,429 versus 7,761).

At the same time, on January 10, a total of 915 people infected with the coronavirus were hospitalized, up 14% from January 9.

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