Cuba Prepares to Vaccinate Children

Cuba will begin its vaccination drive for children ages two to 18 years old, starting September 3 as part of its effort to immunize more than 90 percent of the population by December.

According to Health Ministry official Ileana Morales Suarez, the vaccinations will be similar to the annual vaccinations against various childhood diseases that will be administered in thousands of community-based family medical practices and clinics.

Meanwhile, Cuba will reopen its face-to-face classes once the children and young adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

“While schools across the country remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students will be reached using televised lessons,” Cuban Education Minister Ena Elsa Velazquez said.

Over 2,400 schools and 40 higher education institutions have been converted into isolation and vaccination centers.

To date, around 50 percent of Cuba’s 11.3 million residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, with more than 3.5 million fully vaccinated.

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