The Spanish Society of Immunology, given the extraordinary circumstances surrounding vaccination against Covid-19 at this time, has made public a statement in which it puts, once again, at the disposal of the Ministry of Health and the CCAA Immunologists experts for the committee in charge of vaccination strategy. The knowledge and experience of active Immunology professionals would complete the multidisciplinary vision.
The contributions of Immunology go in the line of improving immunization strategies. Given the limited availability of vaccines, the Spanish Immunology Society recommended in its day, for example, postpone the vaccination of patients who have had contact with the virus or not give the second dose in individuals who have overcome the disease.
The SEI assures that due to the latest national health decisions, the vaccination guidelines with Vaxzevria must be modified (Oxford-Astra Zeneca), “Since many of the people who have already been given the first dose do not meet the current age requirement in Spain.”
The first dose, they say, by itself “already provides protection against serious forms of disease” so a delay in the administration of the second dose “would not seriously impair the efficacy of the vaccination.
The SEI, in accordance with the recommendations of the European Medicines Agency, does not advise against administering the second dose of Vaxzevria. “From the SEI we want to highlight the need to carry out the pertinent studies to guarantee the safety and efficacy of regimens with two doses of different vaccines.”
In addition, they reiterate the importance of prioritizing immunization of the population over 60 years of age. Therefore, in
And, based on the evidence accumulated today, they propose that the age range for vaccination be extended to 79 years.
And they warn that it is “vital to maximize the rate of vaccination, not to meet deadlines, but to save lives.”
And they conclude that the population should know that vaccination «is safe and that any of the adverse effects described has a much lower risk than Covid-19 itself and that many of our daily activities ».
“We consider the systematic search and magnification of negative details irresponsible, causing only rejection, fear and confusion in the population towards the only successful weapon against the pandemic: vaccines”, they add.