Mixed reactions over children taking part in Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine trial

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A health worker administers a vaccine during the launch of the South African leg of a global Phase III trial of Sinovac's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in children and adolescents, in Pretoria, South Africa, September 10, 2021.

South Africans have expressed mixed reactions over children taking part in the Sinovac COVID-19 trial. On Friday, the first group of children took part in the trial at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in Pretoria.

2000 South African children between the ages of six months and 17-years have been enrolled in the trial which involves a total of 14 000 children in five countries.

Participants will receive two doses of the Sinovac vaccine.

This is what some people had to say.

“In my opinion, the COVID vaccine on children will give us a greater step towards heard immunity and that’s what we need to curb coronavirus. So if it’s going to help in the greater scheme of things, I agree with this option.”

“This is ridiculous, we can’t use our children for vaccines where you don’t know what’s going to happen.”


“This I am totally against, I can’t believe that Sinovac would want to come here and trial a vaccine on our children”

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