An essay competition called "What would the world be like without vaccines?" saw a winning work written by Keitlin Pirn, a 12th-grade student at Rocca Al Mare School in Tallinn, writes news portal Geenius.
The essay competition was conducted jointly by Geenius' health portal (link in Estonian) and Tartu Health Care College (Tartu Tervishoiu Kõrgkool) and winner Keitlin Pirn writes that the level of vaccination in Estonia has already reached a critical level in the country, where while 95 percent of society has been vaccinated, unfortunately, this is not enough to prevent dangerous outbreaks.
There is a reported total of around 10,000 children who are unvaccinated in Estonia, and Pirn writes in her essay that: "If vaccines disappeared from the world, the global economic situation would also change."
This would result in a bigger demand for other medications as a result of the disappearance of vaccines themselves, but the production of the new medications needs extra money for the necessary research and health and social care workers and systems.
The emergency situation in Estonia in March to May, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, made clear that there is an importance of having a great number of personal protective equipment (PPE) especially for healthcare professionals, as well as the new social norms which would change due to vaccines becoming less available – something which would be most dangerous for children and a clear transformation worldwide.
Editor: Katriin Sein, Andrew Whyte