|Senior citizens get inoculated with their first dose of Sinovac Vaccine at Mega vaccination facility in Marikina sports Complex on June 15, 2021. The government’s pandemic task force has allowed fully-vaccinated senior citizens in areas under general community quarantine and modified general community quarantine to leave their homes starting June 16. (Photo by= Michael Varcas/ The Star)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] MANILA — Despite the detection of Delta and other variants of concern in the country, a vaccine expert has advised against getting a third dose of the anti-COVID vaccine, at least for now. In an interview, adult infectious diseases specialist and Vaccine Expert Panel member Dr. Rontgene Solante said all the variants of concern of COVID-19 have not “significantly” affected the effectiveness of the first generation of vaccines, PhilStar reported.
Until proven that the variants of concern have significantly diminished the efficacy of the vaccine, Solante said, the first generation of vaccine should be used to protect the people. “As of now, it’s not yet significant, the impact of the variants of concern. The goal is still for us to vaccinate as many people as possible… and let the data come in,” Solante said in a mix of Filipino and English. Solante said there were reports of “breakthrough infections” in other countries, but it has not been proven it was caused by a variant of concern.
Other countries, he said, are already undertaking clinical trials to determine whether there is the need for a booster or reformulation of the first generation of vaccines. Solante urged Filipinos to wait until countries that were among the first to roll out COVID-19 immunization can assess and determine whether there is a need for a booster.