Interesting information about the vaccination, both for pregnant women and those who have been ill, but also for those who have allergic reactions, gave the professor of Pediatrics and member of the committee of experts, Maria Tsolia.
As he said: “The vaccination started on December 27 and is progressing normally. Vaccination of health and the elderly in care units is carried out simultaneously. Immediately, from January 16, the vaccination of citizens over 85 will begin. To date, vaccination is progressing smoothly and at a rate commensurate with the availability of vaccines. “Almost 65,000 vaccinations have been carried out and the percentage of the population that has been covered is 0.59%.”
No unexpected or threatening side effects have been reported in vaccinations performed in Greece.
Ms. Tsolia then provided answers to common questions and concerns about coronavirus vaccines.
Regarding the mRNA vaccines, for which several conspiracy theories have already been circulated, he stated that there was knowledge and clinical experience of many years for the development of mRNA vaccines. The experience from these vaccines to date is that there are no long-term effects on vaccines
Ms. Tsolia has been reassuring about allergic reactions to coronavirus vaccines, which she said are rare. A study of the first 1.8 million vaccinations in the United States found 21 anaphylactic reactions, or 1 in 90,000 people. The rest of the vaccines show such reactions in 1 person in 1 million.
Some, however, are thought to be due to vaccine or needle stress.
People with common allergies can safely get the Covid-19 vaccine. In general, having a history of vaccine or drug allergy is not a contraindication to coronavirus vaccination.
Should those who are already ill be vaccinated?
In addition, Ms. Tsolia was found to be safe to vaccinate people with Covid-19 infection, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic.
Of course, natural immunity lasts 3 to 6 months, so it is recommended that people who have the disease postpone their vaccination for 3 months so that others have priority in the vaccine.
Pregnant women can get the vaccine
For pregnant women, the risk of coronavirus disease is low but they have an increased risk of more serious disease and risk of preterm birth. In this context, their vaccination is important.
However, during the tests, women were vaccinated who were later found to be pregnant. MRNA technology has no effect on the embryo because it does not penetrate into the cell nucleus.
The results of the Moderna vaccine test in experimental animals were also reassuring.
It is not known how the vaccine affects breastfeeding women and their children, but it is not expected to have any side effects.
Greeks are positive about the vaccine
The vast majority of Greeks are positive about the coronavirus vaccines, according to a Marc poll for Alpha.
Specifically, when asked if they will get the vaccine, 70.1% answered positively and in particular 46.9% answered that they will do it as soon as possible and 23.2% that they will do it later.
26.5% answered negatively and especially 19.8% answered that they will not do it, while 6.7% that they probably will not do it and 3.4% of the respondents did not answer.