Friday , January 15 2021

Vaccine: school staff must come before the elders, pleads an epidemiologist

School personnel should be vaccinated before the elderly since schools are among the only places to be open at the moment, argues epidemiologist Nimâ Machouf.

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For the moment, professors and other teaching professionals are at the bottom of the list in the order of prioritization established by the government, in the category of “workers in essential services under the age of 60”.

However, believes Nimâ Machouf, there is an urgent need to act in the context where the school network will be open during the coming weeks.

“It is true that the elderly are the ones who will suffer the most from the disease because the death rate is higher among them, but in the current context where society is in [confinement] and disturbed, the school sector can become a major factor of propagation, ”she told the QMI Agency on Wednesday.

Last Friday, the number two in Public Health, the Dr Richard Massé, announced that school staff and early childhood workers are now considered essential workers.

By virtue of the vaccination schedule, we can think that workers in the education and daycare services network could be inoculated in early spring, towards the end of March or at the beginning of April.

Given the time it takes for the vaccine to be effective once inoculated, the effects of vaccinating school personnel may not be felt until early summer, when the rate of virus transmission declines anyway. , laments Mme Machouf.

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