Jan 20, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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The A to Z of Covid booster shots

Studies have shown that initial treatment with Covid-19 vaccines – usually given in two doses – may not be enough to stop Omicron infection, but a booster dose can help.

Booster vaccinations were found to offer greater protection against the new variant, with countries like Israel already offering a fourth dose.

Data from clinical studies showed that booster vaccination increased the immune response in study participants who received Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna basic immunizations six months earlier or who received a J&J / Janssen single-dose vaccine two months earlier.

Kenya has published new guidelines for booster vaccinations and is the fifth country in Africa to offer additional vaccinations offers protection after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved it on October 15. Saturday Nation spoke to Dr. Willys Akhwale, Chairman of the Covid-19 Task Force, to answer some of the crucial questions.

Who is eligible?

< According to the World Health Organization (WHO), booster doses will only be given to vaccinated populations who have completed their primary series (one or two doses based on the vaccine given) when their immunity and clinical protection are below required levels have decreased over time.

When can you get a booster vaccination?

According to the Department of Health, anyone who has had the vaccine in their body for the past six months is eligible.

New guidelines this week from Food and Drugs Administration, citing those who have had it five months.

This does not apply to those who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, who, according to the CDC, can get their booster vaccine two months after the vaccination.

Why do you need to have a booster vaccination?

To strengthen immunity. The WHO also states that booster doses may only be required if “there is, over time, indications of inadequate protection against these consequences of the disease”.

It further explains that the degree of weakening of the Immunity and the need for a booster Vaccinations may differ depending on the vaccine, target population, virus in circulation, the variant of concern and the intensity of exposure.

Which vaccines are available for a booster Available?

The Department of Health recommends any type of booster vaccine, but prefers Mordena and Pfizer.

“Some people may prefer the type of vaccine they choose originally received, and others may prefer a different booster. The CDC recommendations now allow this kind of mix-and-match dosing for booster shots, “it says.

Where can I get a booster -Shot?

All facilities designated as Vaccination Centers by the Ministry of Health can give booster vaccinations, while others require prior registration, while others simply go in and get your vaccination can.

Are there any differences in the dosage?

While the additional Covid-19 dose is a “full” dose of the vaccine are booster vaccinations. The products currently on offer are lower in volume, as the third dose is only intended to increase the range of action.

Experts have also pointed out that there could be some differences in the expected side effects.

Do we have enough doses for a booster?

“Originally, we wanted to start giving healthcare workers a booster give, but, by calculation, there are enough doses. Those in need of the booster are only three million. We have enough, “said Dr. Akhwale.