Cuba launched on Friday a national vaccination campaign against the coronavirus in children and adolescents from two to 18 years of age, which the government made as a condition before reopening schools.
While other countries such as China and Venezuela announced their intention to vaccinate children, Cuba, which faces a surge in cases that threatens its health system, is the first to execute it.
This campaign, which has the Cuban vaccines Abdala and Soberana, will initially cover adolescents aged 12 and over, before extending from two to 11 years from September 15.
"I always wanted to get vaccinated" against covid-19, Laura Lantigua, 17, told AFP, who received her first of three injections at the Saul Delgado high school, in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana.
The young woman waited for an hour to see if she had "any reaction." "I felt normal, good," he noted.
"It is a satisfying experience," said Ronald Martinez, who just turned 18, at his side. It is good "to feel that, being vaccinated, we can have a social life again, and have the relationships we lost two years ago," he reflected.
The country's schools have been closed since March 2020 and only opened briefly for a few weeks at the end of the year.
Students follow courses on television, which they will resume on Monday.
The government decided that schools will only reopen, in a staggered manner, when all the country's children are vaccinated.
With 11,2 million inhabitants, Cuba accumulates 672.599 cases and 5.538 deaths from coronavirus. Some 95.100 minors had covid and seven died.