Bojana Beović on the significance of two approaches to vaccination

The head of the advisory group for vaccination against covid-19, Bojana Beović, estimated today that it would make sense to slowly consider opening the vaccination to anyone who would like it.


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“Given that there are really a lot of vaccines coming in, I don’t think it makes sense to keep that barrier anymore, regardless of the fact that everyone over the age of 50 hasn’t been vaccinated yet,” said Bojana Beović. If vaccination were to be open to all, she said it would be right to open it “for everyone with all vaccines”.

Asked if this was already a proposal of the advisory group, she said no, as the group deals more with direct professional issues, such as the suitability of certain vaccines for a certain age group, the issue of vaccination of single-dose patients and the like. If asked about such a possibility, the advisory group will meet and respond to the best of its ability.

“Intermediate phase”

At the same time, Beović responded to some inconsistencies in vaccination by age groups. She explained that they basically wanted to protect the most vulnerable. According to her, this had a good effect on the situation in hospitals and on the number of deaths of covid patients. “But now we’re at an intermediate stage when we have individual municipalities that don’t have a lot of older people or they give up and then vaccinate younger ones,” she explained.

Thus, the vaccine is used as soon as possible and some younger people are also interested in vaccination. Therefore, there are some inequalities and in her opinion it would make sense to open vaccinations to all interested parties, and there are more and more of them in Slovenia according to the latest polls, said Beović.

In doing so, a country-wide common vaccination application could set up a system similar to referrals, which can be enforced wherever it comes first. Such an application should be ready in a week or so.

Whether vaccination will actually reach 60 percent by June 15, she said “depends on all of us”. She believes that everyone should ask themselves how quickly they will get the vaccine, and not whether to get vaccinated at all or not. with which vaccine to be vaccinated. According to her, you are vaccinated with 60% of the population “we can afford a significantly different life in the country”.

Long-term as with the flu?

In the long run, however, ideas have already emerged that it would be a similar vaccination as the flu, ie every year, said Beović, among other things. At least for now, serological tests are not reliable enough to determine whether someone has recovered and is immune or. how much vaccination helps him. In doing so, she expressed hope that such tests could be obtained in a few months.

Globalization of the AstraZeneca problem

She also spoke about unused doses of AstraZeneca. As she said, globalization has done some damage here. “Today, every single serious adverse event that occurs in connection with a particular vaccine or drug is known,” she warned. As this information circulates, however, it gives the impression that the vaccine is problematic, even though there are some 100 people worldwide who have had a serious adverse event.

Protection with this vaccine starts after three weeks and is very good, especially in terms of protection against severe disease, while protection against infection is around 60%, said Beović, who is also the president of the Medical Chamber of Slovenia.

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