30-year-old nurse fully vaccinated with Sinovac dies of Covid-19



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A 30-year-old nurse has died after contracting Covid-19 after receiving two doses of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine, raising calls for Pfizer vaccine boosters to be given to medical service workers immediately.

News of the nurses’ deaths was first shared on Facebook on Sunday by a user named “Siwakorn RattanakunteeWho wrote that her cousin “Donut” died after contracting the virus at his workplace.

“She had received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine which, according to senior public health officials, can reduce the severity of symptoms and reduce mortality. My cousin passed away today, a week after being infected, ”she wrote.

Ms Siwakorn said her cousin’s death raised questions about the safety of frontline medical workers vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine. She asked if her cousin would still be alive if she had received a more effective vaccine like Pfizer or Moderna.

Meanwhile, the Thai Covid-19 Situation Administration Center has insisted that two doses of the AstraZeneca and Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines are around 90% effective in preventing the onset of severe symptoms and death. However, many have doubts about the effectiveness of the Chinese vaccine in particular.

Chinese Sinovac vaccine fails to protect hundreds of medical workers

Thiravat Hemachudha, head of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at Chulalongkorn University, responded to the message by demanding that the government urgently give a reminder to frontline medical workers.

He said frontline healthcare workers face higher risks of infection and once infected, many more will need to be isolated due to the nature of their profession. Dr Thiravat said Sinovac injections were most effective against the virus for up to 30 days after a second dose.

From this point on, immunity would begin to drop to 30-40%.

He said the booster is expected to be a different type of vaccine, citing results that suggest another vaccine will confer immunity against more strains, including the highly infectious Alpha and Delta variants.

“We are not VIPs and we do not have privileges. But it will help us continue our work and prevent us from infecting others, ”wrote Dr Thiravat.

Meanwhile, the Thai Ministry of Health reports that more than 600 medical workers who received two doses of Chinese Sinovac vaccine have been infected with Covid-19. The health department is now considering giving booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine to boost immunity.

Of the 677,348 medical personnel who received two doses of Sinovac, 618 – less than 1% – were infected, according to ministry data from April 1 to July 10. A nurse has died and another member of the medical staff is in critical condition.

A group of experts has recommended a third dose to trigger immunity for at-risk medical workers, Sopon Iamsirithaworn, deputy director general of the Department of Disease Control, said at a press conference on Sunday.

Source: CTN News, Bangkok Post

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