Deputy Minister for Promotion, Epidemiological Surveillance and Traditional Medicine, María René Castro, reported that young people aged 16 and 17 who are receiving the Covid-19 vaccine will need parental or legal guardian approval and ID.
The agency, interviewed on the Bolivian television program “Primer Plano”, indicated that the parents or guardians of minors must sign the informed consent form before their children can receive the vaccination.
He stated that vaccines for minors are legal and completely safe. “These Pfizer vaccines are approved for minors,” he said.
He stated that “we will continue to work with informed consent and since these are minors, this consent must be signed by the parent or guardian, which is important in order to proceed with vaccination,” he added.
Minors must be accompanied by an adult while taking their doses.
This Tuesday, President Luis Arce Catacora announced that vaccination against Covid-19 for children under 16 and 17 years of age would begin with the arrival of a new batch of one million Pfizer vaccines on October 19, donated as part of the Covax Mechanism .
“On October 19, more than a million # Pfizer vaccines will arrive in #Bolivia from the # COVAX mechanism, giving us a total of 1,188,720 doses to start vaccinating minors between the ages of 16 and 17,” announced Arce via your Twitter account.
According to reports, across Bolivia, 100% of teenagers between the ages of 16 and 17 will be vaccinated against COVID-19. 230,069 16-year-olds and 228,155 17-year-olds, a total of 458,224 people.
The Pfizer vaccine is regulatory approved for use in minors. This immunizer was approved for 12 to 17 years and then the age range decreased. It is currently vaccinated from 10 to 17 years old in many countries.