Medical professionals look for the best booster injection

 

According to an official of a health workers’ group, if the government truly cares about its medical frontliners and health workers in their work combating the coronavirus pandemic and responding to the needs of the public, it must provide them with the ‘best’ vaccine brand once the rollout of booster shots begins.

 

MANILA — Saint Luke’s Medical Center Employees Association president Jao Clumia said in a statement that they had been given anti-Covid vaccines made by Chinese pharmaceutical Sinovac and British drugmaker AstraZeneca, and that “based on the news and even our own evaluations, the antibodies of these vaccines tend to decrease over time,” making it necessary to bring in the best brand for a third jab so that health workers are well protected against the mutations of the severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 or SARS-Cov-2 that causes Covid-19.

Clumia said that an antibody is a protein generated by the immune system that neutralizes dangerous things that enter the body, such as germs and viruses, and that if the third vaccination injection delivered is ineffective against the new Covid-19 versions, it would be a waste.

A study released in July by Chinese researchers found that antibodies to Sinovac shots fell below a crucial threshold six months after participants got the vaccine’s second dose. The laboratory study, on the other hand, suggested that a third dose might have a significant booster effect.

A study released in July by Chinese researchers found that antibodies to Sinovac shots fell below a crucial threshold six months after participants got the vaccine’s second dose. The laboratory study, on the other hand, suggested that a third dose might have a significant booster effect.

The paper also said that a third dosage of CoronaVac given six months or longer after the second dose efficiently remembered specific immunological response to SARS-CoV-2, leading in a significant rise in antibody levels.

Clumia revealed that around 16,000 health-care employees from St. Luke’s 12 institutes, all of whom had been vaccinated, would receive the booster dose.

“So our request, since we are one of the largest hospitals, is for us to be given the best vaccines like Moderna or Johnson & Johnson,” he stated in an interview.

“The health workers really need the booster shots. In fact, we have been waiting for that for two months now but the Department of Health (DOH) said that they are still waiting for approval,” he added.

The Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC) advised placing health workers first in line for booster injections in an October 13 letter to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, urging that this be done in the last three months of the year.

After significant deliberation with various specialists regarding the significance of a booster shot to provide stronger protection to the country’s frontliners, Duque allegedly authorized and signed the request a week later. (TRC/Headline PH)

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