The war for Blesk did not rule out the need for a fourth dose of vaccine


Updates: 21.11.2021 09:09

Prague – It is possible that the fourth dose of the vaccine will be needed for some vaccination against covid-19. In an interview with Blesk, the candidate for Minister of Health Vlastimil Válek (TOP 09) admitted this. At the same time, he stated that everyone will probably have to be vaccinated with the third dose. He still refuses compulsory vaccination. However, according to him, it is possible to order vaccination to some professional organizations or chambers, if they will take care of it themselves.

Approximately 6.2 million people in the Czech Republic have completed vaccinations, and approximately 615,000 of them received the third booster dose. “Basically, as it looks now, I wouldn’t dare say that a fourth dose won’t be needed. I think it would be very frivolous if someone said, and no one is saying that immunity will last that long after the third dose, that no more dose will be needed. It is very incorrect to say that the third dose and I am behind the water, ” said Valek.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is now recommending a third dose of the vaccine for people over 65 years of age. Válek believes that in time there will be a similar recommendation for the category of people from the age of 40. “Gradually, however, everyone will have to be vaccinated with the third dose. Vaccination and the third dose in any case brutally protect against a serious course of the disease, reducing the risk of about 70 percent that you infect someone,” he said.

The war has mentioned several times that he does not want compulsory vaccination. According to him, however, it seems that some professional organizations, or the Czech Medical Society or the Chamber, will want mandatory vaccinations for their members. “What kind of minister would I be if I didn’t suit the professional society,” he said. He believes that with such a step they will come to hematooncology, where they are afraid to infect patients. “They are very likely to come to terms with it at transplant centers,” he added. According to Válka, for example, the reason why members of professional societies would like to be vaccinated may be entitled to a risk supplement.

He also mentioned some personnel issues that he wants to address at the ministry. She does not consider the role of the chief hygienist, who is now Pavla Svrčinová, to be well defined. “I have an idea of ​​some reorganization that is not directly related to Mrs. Svrčinová. I think she is a lady who understands nutrition very well,” he said, adding that he would like Svrčinová to be in charge of nutrition, which he considers an important topic. “Of course I want to have fun with her, what her ideas are, her plans, her goals,” he said.

According to him, in the current unfavorable covid situation, the management of hygienic stations must be more commanding than professional. “The question is also whether they should not be controlled at a certain moment, for example, by the State Security Council. We are already discussing a certain model with the army, the future Minister of Defense and the Prime Minister,” he said.

Political deputy Milan Blaha would like to make Válek a full deputy for digitization. He sees him as an IT expert who has a clear idea of ​​how healthcare should move forward in digitization. “I asked him to choose people that I would not interfere in it, but that it was a team of people where they would guarantee me that they would do the issue well,” he added.


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

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