With his pandemic coronavirus to be still here, opens the discussion again about who should do the fourth installment vaccine to avoid serious illness from COVID-19. Speaking to ERT on Friday morning (24.06.2022), the chairwoman of the Vaccination Committee Maria Theodoridou pointed out that the recommendation for the 4th installment concerns specific individuals.
“Yesterday’s announcement of the committee does not concern vaccination of the general population, it is for specific individuals who are given the opportunity. The recommendation remains a vaccination for people over 60 years old “, said Maria Theodoridou. He also stressed that the recommendation of the committee for the 4th dose coronavirus vaccination is the same and remains the same as the one formulated in early May.
The chair of the Vaccination Committee explained that the 4th dose is beneficial for people over the age of 60, especially those who have an underlying problem. He clarified that yesterday’s announcement gives the opportunity to people who for different reasons, not only for health reasons, wish to take the 4th dose.
Who is affected by the 4th installment
“We are aware of the requests they have made to the committee. The platform opens for them. For cases where their profession exposes them to a large extent to the virus, or even for social issues, for people who have arranged trips and do not want to miss them because they are important for their lives or for family matters. And of course there are people who live in their environment with people who belong to vulnerable groups. It opens for these few. I believe that not many will go to do the 4th dose and as it was written in the announcement we would not be open to the general population for a vaccination that we still do not know the additional benefit “pointed out Maria Theodoridou.
What he said about 65 and over and the announcements for a new vaccine
In people over the age of 65, who have been given the green light for the 4th dose vaccination since May, the percentage who have been vaccinated is extremely low, said the chair of the Vaccination Committee, namely only 15% have been vaccinated. “And if we come back with this recommendation, it is to emphasize that these very people, over 60 years old, are the ones who have to do the 4th installment, they have neglected it. To stand at this point and not if the platform was opened for the few who have special reasons to do the 4th installment “said Maria Theodoridou.
Asked if people over the age of 60 should proceed to the 4th dose or wait for the new updated vaccines, Maria Theodoridou noted that “catching the mutations is desirable but not to build excessive ambitions for any new vaccine And recommended that people who are approaching 60 and do not have any other problem that concerns them or another issue that they want to strengthen their defense can wait.
In fact, he referred to the announcements made by Moderna a few days ago about a vaccine that will have the original strain of Johann, the one that we use now, that is, Omicron mutations.
In relation to the immunity of the herd, according to Maria Theodoridou it is a term that has been scientifically challenged for both coronavirus and other respiratory infections, however what exists, he noted, is an enhancement of immunity from the circulation of the virus.
“Therefore there is an additional immunity of varying degrees, depending on the mutation and depending on the type of infection it has added to the immunity. It may be some time after the first booster dose we did, but we are not completely vulnerable because the antibodies have weakened. “There is also cellular immunity but also the reminder of immunity from community infections and they help us not to be so exposed,” he explained.
What should vaccinated vaccinated patients do?
In addition, he clarified that if someone is fully vaccinated and has become ill, it is advisable to take the 4th dose at least 4 months after the illness, noting, however, that especially for someone who has taken the 3rd dose and has become ill afterwards, it is not necessary to administer it. 4th dose.
With mask indoors
Regarding the lifting of the obligation of the mask indoors, Maria Theodoridou commented “indoors I think the mask remains” and added that the decision taken by the committee of experts to use the mask has been based on a lot important criteria. “It simply came to our notice then. That is, the mask in a closed space or in socializing with many people must remain, “he stressed.
As for the autumn, the chairwoman of the Vaccination Committee noted that September always remains an open chapter with questions on the issue of respiratory infections. In any case, he argued that it is not possible to live what we experienced in previous years. “There have been terrible leaps, from the way of diagnosis, from the way of treating the patients, the way of prevention, the treatments with the new antivirals. “We must repeat this message and not think about the gray days of the pandemic.”
With information from ERT
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