More than 176,000 vaccines for the coronavirus have been made to date in Greece, while today our country received another 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, as Marios Themistokleous said in today’s briefing from the Ministry of Health.
How many coronavirus vaccinations have been given to date?
In his briefing, Marios Themistokleous stated that even today we are expected to exceed 17,000 vaccinations, while to date more than 170,000 vaccinations have been performed in the country. “Today, 16,271 vaccinations were given and it is expected that today we will exceed 17,000 vaccinations. In total, 176,689 vaccinations have been given so far, while 649,000 vaccination appointments have been made “.
The Secretary-General for Primary Health Care then stated about the available vaccine doses and what we are still waiting for: “Today we received 100,000 doses of vaccine from Pfizer, while by the end of March we will have received a total of 1,415,000 doses from this company.
From Astrazeneca, we will receive 410,000 by the end of February and another 330,000 installments by the end of March. We expect 20,000 doses from Moderna at the end of January, 115,000 doses by the end of February and another 105,000 by the end of March “.
The arrival of the elderly for vaccination is touching
The feature of the week was the emotional arrival of the elderly for vaccination, said Mrs. Theodoridou. “Some said it was their only outing in a year,” he said, noting that more than 70,000 had been vaccinated without any side effects. On Friday, the 80-84 age group opened in our country.
The chairwoman of the National Vaccination Committee noted, however, that if some people think that the vaccination is over with the first dose, this is wrong. “It is necessary to observe the second dose, without unjustified delays, so that each vaccinated person can get the passport for immunity. “With the administration of the second dose, the percentage of protection exceeds 95%”, he said.
The immune response in the elderly is also satisfactory
Despite the fact that in people who are currently receiving the vaccine, there is a relative aging of the immune system, with this vaccine the response is very effective and better than younger people, observes Mrs. Theodoridou.
The infectious disease specialist referred to the discussion about modifying the dosing schedule, with an interval of 4 to 6 to 12 weeks between the two doses. “This does not represent our policy, which is in line with the standards given and results in clinical trials,” he added.
Ms. Theodoridou also referred to the “window” that allows the infection of a person who has already been vaccinated with the first dose. As he said, most “failures” of the vaccine are in the first days after the vaccination and that the risk decreases after the 12th day.
In Greece, too, there have been cases of people who have become ill after being vaccinated with the first dose. “The first dose will help them not to develop a serious illness. “The vaccination will be completed after they recover,” he said.
In addition, results from Israel, the country with the highest vaccination rate, are pleasing. “Already in the country after the first dose, on the 15th day, a 30% reduction in serious infections was observed in a 30% of the population. We are waiting for more data and other answers “, he noted.
Mutations do not affect vaccines
Apart from the issue of vaccines, there is a lot of discussion about the issue of mutations. Referring to this, the chairwoman of the vaccination committee said that the war between humans and the microcosm of germs and viruses does not seem to have an end.
Mutations are the weapons that germs and viruses use to escape human pressure. However, according to Ms. Theodoridou, it seems that the mutations do not affect the effectiveness of the vaccine .
“This does not mean complacency, which is why a network for monitoring genetic changes has been set up,” he said. In addition, the mutations appear to be slow in relation to the influenza virus.
Finally, Maria Theodoridou referred to the words of a daughter who went to her elderly parents for vaccination: “Leaving, I noticed that the new doctors and nurses addressed the elderly in the plural with tenderness, but also respect, just as it should be,” the woman said. Chairman of the Vaccination Committee welcomes the conduct of the medical staff.
Source – iefimerida.gr