Friday 10th December 2021 – PRESS RELEASE with Mike Smith
The Valencian Health Department, in collaboration with the Department of Education, Culture and Sports, will begin the to vaccinate children aged between 5 and 11 years against COVID-19 in their schools from next Wednesday 15th December.
The Comunidad Valenciana will be taking delivery of 150,000 pediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday 13th December and the regional health secretary Ana Barceló explained that the vaccination will begin with youngsters in special education schools and immunosuppressed children after which the jabs will be administered according to age starting with 11 year olds, followed by 10 year olds, 9 year olds, etc. until all 330,000 children aged between 5 and 11 in the Valencian region are fully vaccinated. Vaccination will require to prior authorization of the child’s parents or legal guardians.
To carry out this important vaccination campaign, the regional health department will be deploying specialist teams of health professionals to educational centres throughout the Comunidad Valenciana whilst the immunosuppressed risk group will be vaccinated at the hospitals where they are treated. Each centre will provide the most suitable space to host the mobile vaccination point.
The objective of this new campaign is to vaccinate the younger population of the region as quickly as possible and without requiring the youngsters – as well as their parents – to attend health centres. The regional health department will be in contact with the education centres to establish a schedule for the administration of the jabs.