Vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic: questions and answers for parents
1. Should I have my child vaccinated during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Yes. It is important for your child to receive all those vaccines that are included in the immunisation plan as scheduled. The vaccines will keep your child safe from many serious diseases both today and also in the future. Follow the advice from the government, family physicians, and school healthcare providers. They will let you know where and when you should have your child vaccinated. If the provision of immunisation services has been temporarily halted in your area due to the COVID-19 pandemic, make sure that your child will immediately receive all of the missed vaccinations as soon as the scheduled vaccination services become available again.
2. Is it safe to have my child vaccinated during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Yes. You can certainly have your child vaccinated. Vaccines or vaccinations do not cause any specific COVID-19-related risks.
3. We have been told that we should stay at home as much as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Should we postpone vaccinations until the COVID-19 pandemic is over?
No. It is important to continue to have your child vaccinated as much as possible, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare institutions are doing everything in their power to provide vaccination services, as the immunisation of children against infectious diseases is an important part of ensuring good public health.
4. Can vaccinations against other infectious diseases protect my child or myself from being infected with COVID-19?
There is currently no evidence which would suggest that vaccination against other diseases, such as polio or tuberculosis, can help to prevent anyone being infected with COVID-19 or alleviate the severity of the symptoms of the disease.
Vaccination will help to protect you and your child from other infectious diseases.
5. Can my child receive the normal vaccinations if they have a cough or fever and have not been tested for COVID-19?
If your child is not feeling well, please tell the healthcare professional who will be vaccinating your child of this before the visit. They will advise you on whether you should postpone the vaccination.
6. What should I do if my child’s COVID-19 test result was positive, but the symptoms are not severe?
COVID-19 symptoms in themselves (such as a fever and/or cough) are not a contraindication to vaccination but it is extremely important for anyone with COVID-19 symptoms to remain isolated in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Please do not forget to notify the healthcare professional who will be vaccinating your child of a positive COVID-19 test result. They will advise you on whether you should postpone the vaccination.
7. Is there a vaccine against COVID-19?
No. COVID-19 is a new disease and there is not yet a vaccine against it. Scientists from several countries are working on developing such a vaccine. The WHO is cooperating with all stakeholders to ensure the fair distribution of a vaccine to anyone who is in need of it as soon as a safe and efficient vaccine becomes available.