Cuba begins vaccinating children as young as two against COVID-19

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On Thursday, September 17 2021, Cuba began a massive vaccination campaign for children between the ages of two and 10, becoming one of the first nations to do so.

Health officials in the country say Cuba’s homegrown vaccines have been found safe for young children.

“Our country would not put [infants] even at a minimal risk if the vaccines were not proven save and highly effective when put into children,” Aurolis Otano, director of the Vedado Polyclinic University, newsmen in a vaccination room.

Otano said the circulation of the Delta variant led to an increase in infections among the youngest, so Cuba’s scientific community decided to “take the vaccine to clinical trial” and it was approved for children.

Polyclinic expects to vaccinate about 300 children between two and five. Those between five and 10 are receiving their first shot at their schools.

 “Our children’s health is first and foremost, which is the main thing and [contagion] is a risk because young children are always playing on the floor,” Gonzalez, a 36-year-old engineer said