The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned on Wednesday that while more adults get their COVID-19 immunizations, children who are not yet eligible for vaccination are becoming a bigger percentage of hospitalizations and even deaths in most countries. Infections among children and adolescents in the Americas have topped 1.9 million instances nine months into the year, putting their health at danger, according to the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Due to the lack of in-person schooling, experts say the pandemic has produced the largest educational catastrophe ever seen in the Americas. According to Pan American Health Organization, the COVID pandemic has interrupted sexual and reproductive health services in more than half of the region’s countries, contributing to one of the greatest increases in teen pregnancy recorded in a decade.
Some nations, like as Chile and Cuba, have already begun immunizing children and adolescents without waiting for WHO authorisation, according to Barbosa. Cuba launched mass vaccinations of adolescents this month in an effort to immunize more than 90% of its population by December, and will begin inoculating children aged 2 to 10 this week, making it the first country in the world to do so.Cuba is the only country in Latin America to create COVID-19 vaccines: the Abdala, which is given to most adult Cubans, the Soberana-2, which is mostly given to adolescents and children, and the booster Soberana Plus.