Parents are encouraged to have their young children immunized as they are the age group most susceptible to COVID-19 infection and are at danger of experiencing severe symptoms or perhaps passing away if they have underlying disorders.
According to Dr. Tares Krassanairawiwong, director-general of the Disease Control Department, from January 1 to May 20 there were 1,581 COVID-19 infections for every 100,000 people in the population among infants younger than one year old, and 647 for every 100,000 people over the age of 70.
An average of 440 cases per day, or 3,085 admissions to hospitals from May 28 to June 3 marked an increase of 4% over the prior week.
243 of the 386 people with lung infections who had such diagnoses required ventilators. 97% of those who passed away were over 60 or had underlying illnesses, totaling 68 deaths, or nine each day on average.
Additionally, it was found that 45.6% of those who died had either missed two or a booster vaccination in the previous three months.
Dr. Tares reassured parents who are hesitant to vaccinate their kids because of false or misleading news that vaccines are safe, noting that millions of vaccine doses have been given to kids and their safety has been established.
He claimed that young children are less likely than older ones to experience adverse effects, and those who experience weariness or a fever will recover in one to two days.
The severity of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (Mis-C) can be reduced by the immunizations by roughly 90%, according to Dr. Kulkanya Chokephaibulkit, an infectious disease pediatrician at the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital.
She stated that the majority of young children that contract COVID-19 have not received a vaccination, and some children may experience severe symptoms as a result of contracting other viruses, which could lead to Long COVID.
People should have at least three vaccinations because they are around 60% effective in avoiding infection for the first four months, which will prevent severe symptoms for a longer period of time.