Within the scope of the fight against the coronavirus epidemic, the third dose of vaccination has started for citizens aged 50 and over and healthcare workers to ensure social immunity.
Making a statement after the Coronavirus Scientific Committee meeting, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, “Our citizens aged 50 and over who have been vaccinated for two doses, as well as our healthcare professionals, will be able to make an appointment with the vaccine they want as of July 1,” he said.
Minister Koca: They can have the vaccine they want as the 3rd dose
Minister Koca stated that the Scientific Committee made evaluations about the necessity of 3rd dose vaccines and said, “Accordingly, we decided that it would be beneficial for our citizens over 50 years old and healthcare professionals to receive the 3rd dose of vaccine, regardless of which vaccine they use. “There is no restriction or priority that it is with the type of vaccine. Our citizens and healthcare professionals can have the vaccine they want as the 3rd dose, regardless of which vaccine they have had in the first two doses. The choice is yours in this regard. You can have the vaccine you want as the 3rd dose with peace of mind.”
Experts said, “We do not recommend and do not find it right for those who have two doses of inactivated vaccine (Sinovac) to have the 3rd dose of inactivated vaccine, and those who have the BioNTech vaccine to have the 3rd dose.”
prof. Dr. Şenol said, “As the Turkish Medical Association Pandemic Working Group, we had a proposal. BioNTech We said, ‘Let’s do a booster dose with the vaccine. The suggestion in yesterday’s statement was presented in a very confusing way. 3rd dose recommendation was said, there is no 3rd dose recommendation in the world.
Latter; It was said that everyone can have any vaccine they want, regardless of the duration and choice of vaccine. This is also wrong; because people who have received two doses of BioNTech vaccine are very well protected. It’s a shame to waste the third dose. Maybe we will need the 3rd dose months later due to a new, completely different variant in the fall. “While the BioNTech vaccine has just been given to people, there is no requirement for the third dose, there is no scientific data,” he said.
prof. Dr. Şenol continued his words as follows: “Among our 100-odd healthcare worker friends who received the third dose, there were those who received the third dose of Sinovac again. There is no study on whether the third dose of Sinovac will increase the antibody again. “There is no need to re-do it afterwards, there is no evidence to show that it will work. In summary, we do not recommend and do not recommend that the 3rd dose be the inactivated vaccine and the 3rd dose for those who have BioNTech vaccine.”
Recommending the BioNTech vaccine as the third dose to those who have had two doses of Sinovac vaccine, Prof. Dr. He continued his words as follows: “If you take the third dose of Sinovac vaccine, its effect will not be much; it will have a short-term effect. It is also good for immunity to make the vaccines differently. BioNTech vaccine is recommended as a second dose to those who have AstraZeneca vaccine in England. This is also the case in Germany. In this regard, the 3rd dose of BioNTech vaccine should definitely be recommended while there is such a recommendation.”
Professor of Immunology, principal investigator at the Jackson Laboratory Institute in the USA. Dr. Derya Do not forget, “The third dose is recommended for those who have the Sinovac vaccine. It would be very good to administer the third dose 1-2 months after the second dose of the Sinovac vaccine, but this time should be determined. Because the Sinovac vaccine does not create enough immunity. It affects deaths from severe disease, but does not reduce the contagiousness of the virus very much. Delta variant It’s much more contagious,” he said.
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