Vaccinating children against COVID-19 will not only reduce cases and deaths in that age group, but it will also benefit adults, especially unvaccinated children.
A study led by a team of Australian and Canadian experts has shown that vaccinating children against COVID-19 not only reduces the number of cases and deaths in this age group, but also benefits adults. , especially those who have not been vaccinated.
The findings were published Jan. 10 on the MedRxiv website by Griffith University. This is also the day Australia launches its COVID-19 vaccination programme for children aged 5-11.
More than 3 million doses were distributed that day to vaccinate 2.3 million eligible children ahead of the new school year.
To reach these conclusions, the researchers assessed the impact of COVID-19 vaccination on young children on graphs of case counts, hospitalizations, and deaths using a mathematical model of disease prediction. Disease complications or vaccine side effects in adults and children.
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Predictive models show a very rare incidence of side effects or myocarditis following COVID-19 vaccination in children aged 5-11. Vaccinating children can help reduce cases, hospitalizations and deaths in adults, especially among unvaccinated populations.
According to Professor Michael Goode from Griffith University, the modelling suggests that vaccinating very low-risk children would significantly reduce risk.
Research also shows that the greatest benefits of childhood vaccinations, especially for adults and society as a whole, are likely to be most pronounced when combined with other preventive measures, such as social distancing, mask wearing, regular disinfection and adult vaccinations. The combination of these factors will yield the best results in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases.
Although the above prediction models are based on parameters and input data collected during the SARS-CoV-2 virus delta variant, the researchers also believe that the prediction results are useless. Differences when the main variant is Omicron.