In Ukraine, more than 40,000 children over 12 years old have already been vaccinated against COVID-19, but today we do not prioritize mass vaccination of children, Minister of Health Viktor Liashko said.
“We have already allowed children over the age of 12 to be vaccinated against coronavirus disease. More than 40,000 children have already taken advantage of this opportunity,” he said at the Ukraine 30. Summit Children’s all-Ukrainian forum in Kyiv on Tuesday.
Liashko said that in some countries of the world, children from five years old are allowed to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and he hopes that in Ukraine, vaccine manufacturers will register changes in the instructions and bring the appropriate drugs, which will expand the vaccination program for children.
“But today we do not prioritize mass vaccination of children against coronavirus disease, since we are focused on the risk group, on older and elderly people. It is a priority for us,” the minister said.
The Verkhovna Rada intends to amend the law on the protection of public morals regarding the protection of the rights and interests of children.
A total of 343 MPs voted for the corresponding bill No. 5330-1 at the first reading.
The bill, in particular, proposes to prohibit creation and distribution of photos and/or videos of sexual or erotic images of children (the current law prohibits the use of images of children in any form only in products of a sexual or erotic nature).
According to the bill, products of a sexual or erotic nature can be distributed only if they are not available to children and are not imposed on consumers.