We are to issue a recommendation on the administration of a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. We will list the groups that should be covered by such vaccination – said professor Magdalena Marczyńska after the meeting of the Medical Council with the government. “Following this recommendation, the government is expected to quickly issue regulations in this matter,” she emphasized. She also added that if there are any epidemic restrictions in the fall, “they will be zones”.
Magdalena Marczyńska from the Medical University of Warsaw, habilitated doctor from the Medical University of Warsaw, after the meeting of the Medical Council with the government on Monday, said that the body discussed, among other things, the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. “We, as the Council, are to issue a recommendation on this matter,” informed the member of the Council working at the prime minister.
Third dose of coronavirus vaccine. For whom?
“We will list the groups that should include such vaccination” – said Professor Marczyńska. As she pointed out, “they will definitely be people with immunodeficiency.”
“We will probably also provide such a possibility for willing people from medical personnel, as a group exposed to contact with the sick. Following this recommendation of the Council, the government is expected to quickly issue regulations in this matter” – she emphasized.
Problem with the level of vaccination in people over 90 years of age
Among the topics discussed, there was also the problem of still insufficient vaccinations of people over 90 years of age. According to experts, this may depend on the fact that many of the oldest seniors do not have a way to get vaccinated, and they often do not receive media coverage.
“We need to make this process as easy as possible for them, and to put it bluntly: reach them with vaccines” – said the expert.
Epidemic restrictions in the fall
She admitted that neither the members of the Council nor the government wanted to introduce a lockdown in the fall.
“If there are any restrictions, they will be zonal – taking into account the number of infections and the percentage of vaccinations in a given poviat. The response should be as small as possible. This will be done using the red, yellow and green zones already known to the public” – said Marczyńska.
“As I said, the thresholds should also take into account the percentage of people vaccinated in a given area. The number of infections qualifying a given poviat to a specific zone will be higher than a year ago. This is because examples of other countries now show a lower percentage of people admitted to hospitals from among those infected” – she added .
The possibility of compulsory vaccination was considered at this stage of the discussion between the government and the Council to be a deterrent to vaccination rather than a measurable positive effect.
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