Published on January 10 2021
Vaccines are effective at preventing symptomatic Covid infection, and therefore, to follow standard precautions remains critical to protecting lives, UAE doctors have reiterated.
The fresh call not to let the guard down comes as medics are hoping to find out how long the antibodies stick around, and how potent they are within an individual's body.
It also comes against the backdrop of 2,998 Covid-19 cases reported in the country on Saturday.
Doctors explained vaccination is a process that will lead up to creating herd immunity in the community eventually.
But this will take time as it requires a minimum of 70 per cent of the population to get vaccinated to develop herd immunity.
Meanwhile, MoHAP, along with health authorities concerned, announced the launch of a national campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated against Covid-19, especially the elderly and people with chronic diseases.
Dr Saheer Sainalabdeen, specialist respiratory medicine, Medeor Hospital, Dubai, pointed out: “During the trials of the currently available vaccines, tracking has been done pertaining to how many vaccinated people contract Covid-19 despite inoculation. How far they can prevent the spread of the virus is not yet clear.”
Therefore, to prevent the spread of infection remains to be the toughest part. Vaccination teaches the body how to successfully fight a virus without actually getting sick.
Medics averred that to effectively contain this pandemic, reducing exposure to the virus and supporting vaccination campaigns must continue.
“The majority of available vaccines have an efficacy of around 95 per cent to prevent symptomatic disease, but its effectiveness to prevent transmission even if it does will be something less than that. So till 70 per cent of the public builds up immunity, we have to wear masks and follow other precautions'', added Dr Sainalabdeen.
Additionally, healthcare professionals reminded everyone that as the Covid-19 vaccination is yet not available for children, preventive measures are still the pillars of protection for them as well.
Source : Khaleej Times