Civil Society aims at children to demystify SARS2 vaccines
“Do Minions Catch The Virus?” asked the nurse at a remote clinic while speaking to some children. “Not if they do these simple things,” she went on.
Hey kids. Funny Minions, silly Gru, some moms, doctors and nurses explain social distancing, hand washing and getting a needle vaccine and more, here.
“Every new disease outbreak presents new challenges but from a logistics perspective, COVID-19 has been one of the toughest challenges we’ve ever faced,” said World Health Organization (WHO) Director Dr.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday during a pandemic briefing.
That may be true, but civil society seems undaunted and has begun to bring new focus on the millions of children who have been forgotten, locked up at home while adults deal with thoughts of jobs, money, anxiety, racism and politics.
This article will share information about a new project that has begun to not only help with the inoculation of children and their families in faraway places but to also help prepare children informatively for what comes next and why.
by Micheal John
SARS2 Vaccines are one of those tough logistic challenges to which Dr. Tedros makes reference.
Nearly 8 billion humans need one or more vaccinations.
Dr. Mary Nowlan and University of Auckland‘s Understanding-immunology is a quick course on immunology. It is well worth reading for those who do not understand how vaccinations work.
It could be said that vaccines mimic and augment a fundamental methodology the human body uses to fight dangerous microscopic pathogens and as such are as elementary in math and science as 1+1=2. This is a science humans have begun to advance but barely understand only a small part of the vast complexity.
The rapid rate of change that is taking place in the microbial environment adds to the complexity.
One such change of many has been the migration of coronaviruses from other mammals that have learned to suppress them to humans in the past twenty-five years.
This article will shed some light on four factors but in all must stress the importance of getting all children’s vaccinations updated, including SARS2. They need these vaccinations in order that their little bodies can fight disease and infection.
Four significant SARS-CoV-2 vaccine logistical challenges are:
- Vaccine Nationalism – Hording vaccine for own use and denying others.
- Pseudoscience – Social media and video platforms allow for charlatans to advance their pseudoscience to the growing credulous society that is increasingly seeking the bizarre as a remedy for their ineptitude in coping with a world having an ever increasing, even overwhelming rate of change they have fallen far behind.
- Antivaxxers – The intelligence boom of the 20th century baby boomers is gone. In the past few decades, intelligence quotients have been in free fall. That creates a huge audience for stupid ideas like denying children their vaccinations. Part of the pseudoscience crowd, the antivaxxers tend to be disordered persons who in campaigning against healthcare they feel authoritative over doctors and other persons having high intelligence and elevated acclaim within society. In the alternative, vaccination opponents may be credulous persons, victims per se, persuaded to deviance by the aforementioned dangerous zealots.
- 7.8 Billion humans needing a vaccine. Ramping up to inoculate that many people is no small chore.
The news: Civil society teams are forming plans to help administer vaccine in the remote regions within which they work.
A team organized by The RINJ Foundation, a global civil society women’s group, with its partners has launched a campaign to teach children and their families the importance of fighting microbial pathogens at the family level, the core of most communities.
According to Michele Francis, a senior medical front liner currently working with the women’s group in Venezuela, “we are beginning to put the word out that we would like volunteer nurses to put in some time in the rural communities we are located within to help with inoculations. We are also telling patients and posting notices in the clinics to say that we will be offering vaccines at no cost to current patients. We can grow that if budget permits.”
“We really don’t know what to expect but so far the reaction has been very good. We plan to put out a book for visitors to our three clinics here to mark their name and contact information if any,” she added.
Information campaign has been launched
In a campaign that has started by sharing basic concepts for a new hygiene paradigm for children, the group has adduced to children and their families some basic explanations of vaccination and the importance of suppressing the resurgence of vaccine-preventable disease.
“Children can be taught considerable amounts of basic health data at an early age and can also be helpful in maintaining inoculation schedules and tracking health anomalies among siblings,” says Katie Alsop of RINJ.
“There is no reason why some basics of suppressing the spread of the SARS2 virus can’t be shared with children. Somehow they have been left out of the process but all the while they may be vulnerable to far greater risk than previously thought,” she added.
“We are talking to children about a “germ” (The Virus) that makes people sick, in the simplest of terms. But in one-on-one clinic conversations with children it is apparent they understand far more than what community leaders seem to realize.”
“There are certain protocols you can explain to children and they will be the managers of those processes with only small amounts of supervision,” says Alsop.
- Wash your hands after touching things.
- Keep fingers away from your face (mouth, nose, eyes but you can scratch your head, your neck and your ear if you can do that without bumping your mask off).
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Brush your teeth after every thing you eat. Oral bacteria infection can be a weakness that allows other ‘germs’ into children’s bodies.
- Stay away from other people not members in your immediate household.
- Wear a mask when mom says you must, like when you go to see the doctor.
“We tell children what to expect when they go to a medical unit to get their vaccination. We explain why. And we focus on getting parents to make sure their children’s vaccinations and boosters are brought up to date after a long period of lockdown,” says Karina Angeles of The Nurses Without Borders, and member of the RINJ Foundation COVID-19 Team.
“Social isolation away from school since the early part of 2020, and anxiety about what all this means for their friends and family all need some better explaining,” says Civil Society Team working in remote areas of the world.
A remedial plan is unfolding.