Cuba begins classes amid ambitious school vaccination plan

The vaccination plan will include all levels of education. Photo Prensa Latina

The 2020-2021 school year restarted today in Cuba through teleclasses and the gradual presence of students will be accompanied by the current vaccination process in the country.

Basic education thus resumes its activities and the Minister of Education, Ena Elsa Velázquez, announced that, in conjunction with the Ministry of Public Health, "students will develop face-to-face teaching activities after they are vaccinated."

Velázquez explained that the vaccination of students will be in three groups: the first includes the twelfth grade, the third and fourth year of pedagogical training, and the third year of technical and professional education.

A second group to be vaccinated includes students between the ages of 12 and 18 years.

There would be the tenth grade, and the eleventh grade, and the rest of the pedagogical training, technical education, and basic secondary; "but we have also considered with Public Health to include sixth grade students," he told reporters.

The third group, he explained, includes students in primary education, from preschool to fifth grade.

The approval, on September 3, of the health emergency use of the Sovereign 02 vaccine in the pediatric population, will allow Cuba to become the first country to carry out a national childhood immunization campaign against Covid-19.

Cuba is a pioneer in anticovid vaccination of children

Cuba is the first country in the world that began a vaccination campaign in pediatric population in the ages of two to 11 years against Covid-19, highlighted here today the business group BioCubaFarma.

In its official Twitter account, said entity, rector of the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries of the Caribbean nation, published images of two infants who in the province of Cienfuegos already have the initial dose of the Sovereign 02 vaccine.

The day before Cuba began vaccinating that age group, for which 59 vaccinations were created in Cienfuegos, 19 of them in the head of the province.

The island's health authorities reported that during this month all Cuban children between the ages of two and 18 will be vaccinated with the first dose and by November they will have the full dose schedule (three injections), essential to be able to start face-to-face classes.

These children will have the scheme of two doses of Soberana 02 at an interval of 28 days plus one of Soberana Plus on day 56, both designed by the Finlay Vaccine Institute and which demonstrated 91 percent efficacy against symptomatic disease in its phase III analysis.

The country's objective is that in September the entire population that can be vaccinated against Covid-19 is within the immunization schedules with at least one dose and by November 92,6 percent of the inhabitants will have already received the three injections.

Prensa Latina



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