Canaries want to vaccinate pupils before the start of the school year
The Canary Islands Government has told the Ministry of Health they want to start vaccinating pupils against Covid-19 before the start of the next school year on September 9th, starting with 12-15 year olds, as announced by the regional president of the Canary Islands this morning.
Ángel Víctor reiterated earlier today (Monday) that the public health service (SCS) of the islands is confident they will have 70% of the target population fully immunized as of July 31st; that is, adults over 16 years of age.
Following this, there will be "a second phase that is fundamental," he explained, because at the end of the summer the children will return to their schools to start the new school year. Even though this age group don’t necessarily get seriously ill from the virus, they can get it and pass it on to others, who for whatever reason through choice or illness, haven’t been vaccinated. Also, it will prevent outbreaks and disruption in schools as we don’t want to return to remote teaching.
“Our children will go back to classrooms in September and, in accordance with the scientific community and the pertinent reports, we have made the proposal for this sector to be vaccinated. But, I repeat, we will always do it with the maximum scientific and their health security in mind”, he explained.
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Torres also commented about the situation of nightlife and the new legislations from central Government this weekend, that the Canaries have chosen to ignore at this stage, saying that the Ministry of Health will make a regulated proposal for this sector at the next Governing Council meeting on Thursday.
He also said that: "Many millions will go to the nightlife sector from the direct aid received, because they have had tremendous losses forced upon them," he said.