WHO Asks Sinovac-Sinopharm Vaccine Recipients to Immediately Get Boosters
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that people with immune disorders and vaccine recipients from the inactivated COVID-19 virus immediately receive a booster or third vaccination dose. Vaccines from the Covid-19 virus are inactivated, for example, the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines from China.
This recommendation emerged from the results of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) meeting recently. The meeting was held to evaluate the guidelines for giving boosters which were previously prioritized for the elderly and people with basic health problems.
“At this time we continue to support the need for even distribution (of the vaccine) and the use of a third dose only in those (with immune disorders and inactivated vaccine recipients),” said SAGE Chair Alejandro Cravioto as quoted by Reuters on Sunday (12/12).
Furthermore, this recommendation was given because the spread of the Covid-19 variant of the Omicron continues to spread to various countries. For this reason, the increase in vaccination also needs to be immediately increased, including through the administration of a third dose.
Previously, the United Nations (UN) had recommended that recipients of the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines aged over 60 years get a booster immediately.
Several countries that provide vaccines made in China have given booster injections to their communities. Starting from Turkey, United Arab Emirates, to Thailand.
Giving booster aims to anticipate the spread of Omicron. This is because they are worried that the vaccine that has been given is not that effective against Omicron, which is said to be more contagious.
Meanwhile, SAGE assesses that a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is still quite effective, so it is not urgent to get a booster immediately. However, the company’s clinical trial results suggest the benefits are still greater when a second dose is given.