The ministry has not yet shortened the intervals between vaccine doses


Updates: 05.06.2021 21:17

Prague – The Ministry of Health has not yet shortened the intervals between the first and second dose of covid-19 vaccines to the original three or four weeks. Ministry of Health spokeswoman Gabriela Štěpanyová told Radiožurnál that shortening the intervals was being debated, but the change is not currently on the table. It was written by the iRozhlas.cz server. The shortening of intervals was recommended by experts. According to them, there is a need for people to have full protection against the infection as soon as possible in connection with the occurrence of the Indian mutation.

The Ministry of Health extended the intervals for vaccines from Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna at the end of March to 42 days. Until then, Pfizer was vaccinated after 21 days and Modern after 28 days. The main reason was the lack of vaccines and the effort to give as many people as possible the first dose of vaccination. The epidemiologist Petr Smejkal, for example, has recently proposed another shortening, according to the server also the Czech Vaccinological Society and the clinical group, which is an advisory body of the Ministry of Health.

According to the server, the office under the leadership of Minister Adam Vojtěch (for YES) wants to wait as it will be with further deliveries of vaccines to the Czech Republic. The minister told Czech Television on Friday that the Czech Republic does not have accurate information on how many manufacturers will deliver doses of covid-19 vaccine in July, August and the following months. Expected June deliveries could allow 100,000 doses to be vaccinated each day.

Biochemist Jan Konvalinka also agrees with the shortening of the interval. “It makes sense. The extension made sense to cover as many people as possible who could be threatened by the Czech or British mutation as quickly as possible, now it is coming back to us, and really two doses are necessary to be properly protected against that Indian mutation, “he told Radiožurnál.

Scientists in the UK according to server using the example of Pfizer / BioNTech and AstraZeneka vaccines, they found that both doses of the vaccine were needed to protect against the Indian variant of coronavirus.


Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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