'Bodoh' untuk tidak memvaksinasi anak kecil jika suntikan COVID-19 terbukti aman, efektif, kata para ahli expert

One expert said young kids ‘deserve protection’ against COVID-19 as much as older people

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If ongoing clinical trials and regulators conclude COVID-19 vaccines in younger children aged 6 to 11 are safe and effective, an expert with the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) said “we would be foolish not to vaccinate” kids.

The comments from Dr. Andrew Pavia, chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at University of Utah School of Medicine, adjunct professor of internal medicine, professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah and fellow at IDSA, come as the debate over school reopenings intensifies.

“As somebody who takes care of very sick kids, it drives me crazy to hear over and over again that the virus is not serious for children,” Pavia told a virtual IDSA, CDC briefing Tuesday. “It’s not nearly as serious as it is for adults and particularly for older adults but by every measure, the impact is greater than the impact of influenza.”

While kids face a low risk of severe disease following infection, poor outcomes involving hospitalizations, death and a rare inflammatory illness (MIS-C) do occur. Pavia explained that providers administer flu vaccines to children to protect them and to reduce transmission in the community.

“Jika vaksin terbukti aman dan efektif untuk anak berusia 6 hingga 11 tahun dan untuk anak-anak yang lebih kecil, saya pikir kita akan bodoh untuk tidak memvaksinasinya. Kami harus menunggu sampai kami tahu bahwa mereka aman dan efektif dalam kelompok usia itu, tetapi mereka layak mendapatkan perlindungan seperti halnya orang tua,” lanjutnya. 

The Pusat Pengendalian dan Pencegahan Penyakit (CDC) mengatakan pada hari Jumat bahwa kembali ke pembelajaran langsung di sekolah musim gugur ini adalah prioritas dan bahwa masker harus dipakai di dalam ruangan oleh semua individu berusia 2 tahun ke atas yang tidak sepenuhnya divaksinasi terhadap virus corona.

Beberapa yang menentang penggunaan vaksin COVID-19 pada anak-anak khawatir potensi efek samping serius yang langka dari vaksinasi akan menimbulkan ancaman yang lebih besar bagi anak-anak daripada COVID-19 itu sendiri. Untuk semua kelompok usia yang memenuhi syarat sejauh ini, pejabat kesehatan masyarakat dan badan pengatur telah menekankan bahwa manfaat vaksinasi jauh melebihi risiko efek samping.

Some parents advocating for a return to in-person classes face financial hardships compounded by leaving jobs to care for children amid remote classes. On the other hand, some teachers’ unions have berdebat that schools would not be prepared to reopen fully until all school staff members are vaccinated. Some teachers fear returning to the classroom in communities with low vaccination rates while others have worried about exposure and spreading infections to family members over the past year.

Many studies have suggested pandemic-related closures and isolation worsened young people’s mental health. One recent study saw a spike in eating disorder-related hospitalizations among teens, while another saw psychiatric admissions increase. Some kids want to get back to in-person classes and extracurriculars to socialize with friends.

“If your child is the one who ends up in the ICU for a week or if your child develops long COVID and flunks out of a semester of school and doesn’t get to college or loses their athletic scholarship, there’s nothing mild about that,” Pavia said.

Alexandria Hein dari Fox News berkontribusi pada laporan ini.

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