24 March 2022

COVID-19 vaccination in adolescents

There is no lack of information about COVID-19. On the contrary, there is too much information. The vaccination of adolescents aged 12-17 started from December 27, 2021 in Belarus, and parents got confused. How do you make a decision about vaccinating your child, whom do you listen to, where do you get verified information, and not fiction and…, We spoke with leading epidemiologists in Belarus and specialists from the Ministry of Healthcare to collect facts and answer all the questions about the vaccination of children and adolescents in Belarus., For reference, According to the Ministry of Healthcare, more than 5.3 million people in Belarus have already received a full COVID-19 vaccination, of which more than 50.7 thousand are adolescents aged 12-17.  , Why did the vaccination of children begin? It was said earlier that children don't get sick., According to Belarusian epidemiologists, the majority of COVID-19 cases nowadays are among people aged 18-59. But children get sick too – they amount to 10% of all those infected with COVID-19. "There are no children deaths from COVID-19 reported in Belarus. But children get sick and sometimes quite seriously," says Veronika Vysotskaya, head of…, What vaccine do children in Belarus get?, In Belarus, the Chinese inactivated vaccine of the Sinopharm concern is used. Inactivated means that it is produced on the basis of a "killed" coronavirus. Such a virus cannot infect, but is capable of inducing an immune response. This is a proven vaccine type. Similar vaccines are given against polio and whooping cough. "There are no fundamental…, How and where is the vaccination carried out?, The shot is made by a medical worker in a vaccination or a treatment room of an outpatient clinic or in a medical inspection office of an education institution. It depends on what is more convenient for adolescents and their parents. The vaccine is injected with a disposable syringe intramuscularly into the deltoid muscle., What do you need to get vaccinated?, You need to feel good. This means that the body temperature should be normal, you need to have no cold symptoms, pain or other signs of inflammatory processes. If you have recently had COVID-19, you need to wait for 6 months before vaccination. COVID-19 vaccination of children is a voluntary procedure, just like all other vaccinations in Belarus.…, What are the possible adverse reactions to vaccination?, The injection spot might get slightly sore, red or swelled. The person might experience headaches, a higher temperature (up to 38°C) for about 3 days – these symptoms are considered normal. As well as muscle weakness and aches. If you're worried about side effects, it's best to consult your doctor. There are currently no reports of serious adverse…, Can children with chronic diseases and disabilities be vaccinated?, Yes, if there is no disease exacerbation. Be sure to consult a doctor about the indications and contraindications for vaccination.  , What precautions should be taken after vaccination?, After vaccination, do not rush to leave the clinic, you must be under medical supervision for 30 minutes. Do not wet the injection site during the day. Take temperature in the morning and in the evening for 3 days in a row. Read more about COVID-19, how to prevent the disease, and how to teach children about the virus and the pandemic here and…
09 July 2021

Viber and UNICEF surveyed the attitude of Belarusians to vaccination against COVID-19

Figures, 38% of Belarusians get news about vaccination from social media. 37% of the surveyed Belarusians plan to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The key incentive to get vaccinated is that it will protect you against a severe course of the disease. 49% of the polled Belarusians are guided by this. Mass vaccination against COVID-19 is actively underway in…, Covid-optimism, The pandemic has had a significant impact on the lives of people around the world. Nevertheless, a significant part (42%) of the surveyed Viber users from Belarus are confident that thanks to vaccines and the observance of preventive measures, the virus will be defeated, and it will be possible to get back to normal life. This opinion is shared by…, News from social media, There are many sources of information on the pandemic, including the messenger: Viber has launched the official chat bot of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 23 languages and official communities dedicated to fighting against COVID-19.   At the same time, according to the survey of the Belarusian respondents, their main channels for obtaining…, Get vaccinated for yourself and your loved ones, Vaccination is an effective way to protect your health and the health of those around you, doctors emphasize around the world. This is also the opinion of the majority of the Viber users who have taken part in the survey. The key incentive for Belarusians to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is the desire to protect themselves from severe forms of…, About the study, The study has been based on a joint survey conducted by Viber and UNICEF, covering over 22,000 Viber messenger users from the CIS countries, including 5,397 people from Belarus.