Chileans respond to the use of the COVID-19 vaccine in children up to the age of 6

Chilean parents have expressed mixed feelings about vaccination of a 6-year-old child with the Sinovac vaccine developed in China, even though the national health ministry has guaranteed the vaccine’s safety.

On September 13, the Chilean Ministry of Health approved a Chinese vaccine for use in children up to the age of six. Immunity is voluntary, but Under Secretary of Public Health Paula Daza argued that “vaccination is essential to avoid infection.”

The COVID-19 vaccine for young people under the age of 12 has not been approved in the United States, raising concerns for some Chilean parents.

“I don’t know how they expect their children to be injected with something that isn’t approved in the United States,” Adriana Diaz, 32, from Vina del Mar, told The Epoch Times. .. “I really don’t care what other parents are doing. I’m waiting until the US starts vaccination of young children, and I want the same ones they use My kid is not a laboratory rat. “

From May 28, China approved the Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine for emergency use in children aged 3 to 17 years. Indonesia approved Sinovac for emergency use for minors aged 12 to 17 in June.

“My son is about to turn seven. When he’s safe, I’d like to get Pfizer,” Benjamin Munoz, 29, from Baldivia, told The Epoch Times. “No one in my family got Sinovac. This problem feels like it came from China, and they aren’t very open about the details, so how do we trust their solution? Can you? “

according to whon, Chile is the sixth most affected country in Latin America, with 37,359 deaths from the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the new coronavirus.By comparison, Chile is the second highest vaccination According to the World Health Organization, the rate in Latin America is 30,673,101 doses as of September 17.

Carmen Rojas, 35, who lives in Santiago, told The Epoch Times that he had questions about the effectiveness of the vaccine.

“It wonders to me. Why do these dramatic case spikes continue? We have one of the highest vaccination rates. We started vaccination last year.” Rojas said: Next, consider vaccination of the youngest child. “

When Rojas was asked if he had vaccinated himself with the COVID-19 vaccine, he said, “Yes, but I did Pfizer. Overall, I more trust what is used in the US, UK, Europe, etc. doing.”

According to an epidemiologist’s study of Chilean pandemic reactions published on August 26, vaccination alone is not enough to prevent a surge in new cases. Chile started its vaccination program in December 2020, and by April of this year 35.2% of the population had been fully vaccinated against the CCP virus. According to World Health Organization comparison data, 49,044 new cases were reported in the country on April 5, resulting in a significant increase in new cases. Similar peaks were reported in May and early June of this year.

Adrian Silva, 41, who lives in Pucon, told the Epoch Times that she wanted to vaccinate young children.

“My girl needs to be protected,” Silva said. “One of the reasons we’ve been able to manage this here is the government vaccination program. We’ve been waiting for months to get our youngest and a shot for it. [the vaccine] It has been tested.Some people are not happy with it [Sinovac-CoronaVac], But it is used in other countries. My youngest child is 8 years old and has asthma, she needs this vaccine. “

The Epoch Times asked Pauladasa, Under Secretary of Public Health and the Ministry of Health for comment, but did not respond.

Autumn Spredemann