We are all waiting for the Covid-19 vaccineHowever, even if it came next year, the WHO announced that the young people could wait until 2022 to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
The end of 2020 is approaching and with it the hope that the “nightmare” of Covid-19 term, find the vaccine, apply it to us and we can continue with our lives. Unfortunately, the World Health Organization released this will not be so.
In a question and answer session for the WHO YouTube channel, the chief scientist of this organization, Soumya Swaminath, explained that vaccines have never been produced in the volumes that will be needed worldwide, so although there is hope that they will exist vaccines in 2021These will be in a limited quantity.
Therefore, it seeks to create a structure to see how it could be prioritized to know who to give the vaccine. In this sense, there is a general consensus that people with a higher risk of getting and getting sick from Covid, are the health personnel, then the elderly and the most vulnerable.
In this case, we would be talking about what is known as the at-risk group: people with chronic respiratory diseases, heart problems, diabetes, obesity, cancer or those with a weakened immune system or chronic illness, such as liver or kidney.
According to this structure, it is considered that an average person, someone young and healthy, you may have to wait until 2022 to get a vaccineBut by then, mortality could have been reduced and those most at risk protected.
Sure, it is important to remember that the vaccine is not ready yetHowever, the results are expected to be complete by early 2021. The next step would be to comply with the regulations for approval; To expedite this, the WHO has requested access to the results of advanced trials, always with the commitment not to affect the results, taking into account that the vaccine will be applied to billions of people and the correct decision must be made.
For their part, countries must begin to organize to know who will be vaccinateda once it arrives, even prioritizing among health personnel and how it will be distributed.
Why is it important to vaccinate vulnerable groups first?
Let us remember that the risk of having dangerous symptoms of Covid, increases in older people and those with serious health problems, something that is similar with other respiratory illnesses such as influenza and that has had a great impact on the number of deaths, as indicated Mayo Clinc specialists.
On the other hand, health authorities have highlighted the importance of protection of health personnel, by being on the “battle line”, not only because of the support they represent, but because they can act as transmitters of the virus at their workplaces.
Hence, these groups are considered the first to be vaccinatedwell your risk of complication and death is higher. By protecting them, mortality rates could be reduced. Be careful, if you are young and suffer from any of these diseases, you could also be a candidate for the vaccine.
Do not get confused! That you are not considered a risk group does not mean that you cannot get sick and transmit the virus, don’t let your guard down and take care of yourself, for yourself and the people around you.
Let us remember that, although there is hope that next year there will be a safe and effective vaccine, it is not a fact and we cannot trust ourselves. Continue to apply protection and prevention measures.