“Medical professionals will be the first group to receive the vaccine at two doses per person, each dose has an interval of three weeks,” he said.
“The second group will be public health volunteers who have high risk of contacting infected patients during proactive testing missions. They will receive the vaccination from next week.”
Sophon added that the last target group to receive the first lot of Sinovac vaccine would be those who have chronic diseases and therefore would be more vulnerable if they contracted Covid-19. They are: those with severe respiratory disease, heart and coronary diseases, stroke, chronic kidney disease, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, diabetes and obesity.
“However, there are 10 groups of people who are prohibited from receiving the Sinovac vaccine,” said Sophon.
1. Those under 18 years old and over 60 years.
2. Women who are pregnant, are breastfeeding or planning to get pregnant during the vaccination period.
3. Those who have undergone transfusion of blood, plasma or other related products for the treatment of Covid-19 in the last 90 days.
4. Those who have uncontrollable symptoms such as chest pain, trouble breathing, palpitations.
5. Those who are suffering from brain or nervous diseases.
6. Those who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 10 days.
7. Those who have acute disease and have been out of the hospital for less than 14 days.
8. Those who have immune deficiency or are taking immunosuppressant.
9. Those who have bleeding disorder or are under anticoagulation treatment.
10. Those who show symptoms of fever, shivering, have trouble breathing or have weakened muscles.
For more information, contact Department of Disease Control at 1422.
Published : March 02, 2021
By : THE NATION