According to the professor of pediatrics Vana Papaevangelu, in late August and early September, the committee will decide who will need to receive the third dose of the vaccine.
According to the expert, who spoke on the SKAI 100.3 channel and voiced her opinion, these will most likely be those who have some underlying diseases and a low immune response. Ms. Papaevangelu stressed that there is no reason to worry about immunity for those who have been vaccinated.
Regarding schools, she said, “I would not want unvaccinated teachers to stand in front of vaccinated children.” Perhaps, the expert said, the unvaccinated will be required one rapid test and one self-test per week. This will also apply to tourism workers.
In turn, professor at the London School of Economics Elias Mosialos, speaking about the spread of a new epidemiological wave of coronavirus, also spoke about the importance of administering the 3rd dose of the vaccine.
Speaking on the SKAI channel, the professor noted that the new wave of the pandemic will affect middle and low-income citizens who do not have access to vaccinations.
The new wave will affect mainly the unvaccinated and a very small percentage of the vaccinated who either have problems with immunity or belong to very vulnerable groups of the population. For these categories of vaccinated citizens, Mr. Mosialos proposed to introduce a booster (third) dose. “A third booster dose should be administered to immunocompromised individuals, as is already being done in other countries,” he said.
Pfizer and Moderna: 3rd dose
As mentioned, the 3rd dose will be given by the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, but this poses no risk to those who were originally vaccinated with the mRNA vaccine. “Mixing vaccines leads to an increased immune response, so don’t worry about that,” said the expert. Regarding the decrease in deaths and hospitalizations, he said this was due to vaccinations, not because the virus weakened.
With regard to vaccination coverage in our country, the specialist noted “a high percentage compared to other countries (56% of the population were vaccinated, that is, 68% of adults).
As for children, he said: “We are seeing a wide spread of the virus among young people. But if adults are vaccinated, they will protect their children. ”