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Sars-CoV-2 Vaccines: Time to Consider a Child-Focused Strategy

Version 1 : Received: 29 December 2020 / Approved: 31 December 2020 / Online: 31 December 2020 (09:25:54 CET)

How to cite: Vásquez-Hoyos, P.; De Rose, C.; Felipe Gutierrez, I.; Ramly, B.; González-Dambrauskas, S.; Buonsenso, D. Sars-CoV-2 Vaccines: Time to Consider a Child-Focused Strategy. Preprints 2020, 2020120780 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202012.0780.v1). Vásquez-Hoyos, P.; De Rose, C.; Felipe Gutierrez, I.; Ramly, B.; González-Dambrauskas, S.; Buonsenso, D. Sars-CoV-2 Vaccines: Time to Consider a Child-Focused Strategy. Preprints 2020, 2020120780 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202012.0780.v1).

Abstract

With the arrival of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, a new stage of the pandemic commenced, with new challenges ahead. During the coming months, countries will be implementing their COVID-19 vaccination programs depending on their implementation of vaccine availability and its prescription on risk stratification. Although children will not benefit from active immunization programs, now, with the beginning of the era of the anti-COVID19 vaccines, the suffering of children can no longer be ethically tolerated or neglected. The time has come to provide specific lasting strategies for children living in the COVID-19 era. Here we propose a child-focused indirect COVID-19 vaccination strategy.For better or worse, children depend on their natural caregivers (adults) and the rest of society for their well-being and achieving their full potential. We believe that including in the priority categories also those adults in close contact with children could ensure a safety net of child protection.A child-focused vaccination strategy would allow the faster return to "normality" for children and their families. Such an approach would not only enable the reopening and continuity of essential services for children but also would allow adults to return to their routine economic/productive activities.

Subject Areas

Covid-19; children; Sars-CoV-2 Vaccines; child-focused strategy

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