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Top virologist says vaccine boosters will be needed to maintain Covid protection

Maya Taylor

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PHOTO: Facebook/ วัคซีนภูเก็ต (PR Phuket)

A prominent virologist from Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University says it’s likely that people vaccinated against Covid-19 will still require boosters in order to remain protected. Yong Poovorawan shared his views in a Facebook post yesterday, after a study of recovered patients showed that their immunity to the virus started to drop between 3 and 6 months after infection.

“It is highly likely that a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine will be needed and it is possible that people will need to get vaccinated against the coronavirus periodically.”

Yong says the incubation period of a virus will determine a vaccine’s effectiveness, with jabs usually performing better against illnesses with longer incubation periods, such as chicken pox and measles. However, Covid-19 has a shorter incubation period of between 2 and 7 days, and this means booster shots are likely to be needed.

According to a Bangkok Post report, the virologist has also warned that people who’ve been vaccinated, or those who’ve already had the virus, can be re-infected, although symptoms in a second infection are usually not as severe. Yong insists the national vaccine rollout is essential, saying the jabs will prevent hospitalisation and death.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration says 618,583 people were vaccinated between February 28 and April 18. On Sunday, 9,219 received their first vaccine dose, while 843 received the second. The Thai government has been criticised in many quarters for the slow pace of the vaccine rollout and its vaccine procurement strategy, which saw orders limited to just 2 manufacturers. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha recently stated that the government would try to obtain more vaccines from Russia and the US, but there has been no indication of when these might arrive.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    George

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Top Virologist hey ? I can name many top immunisation doctors who say Herd immuity is the most natural way to move life ahead but Govt will not listen to alternative professional opinions.The good thing is some parts of the world are waking up to this which is a good sign.

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    Simon Small

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    “Top Virologist hey ?”

    Yes, @George.

    Not just in Thailand and Asia but his research articles (he was a research fellow at King’s College) make him one of the most cited in the world.

    Unlike the assorted YouTube nutters proposing “natural herd immunity”, which no serious respected virologists and epidemiologists support (as distinct from vaccinated herd immunity), “yes”, he is a genuine “top virologist”.

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    Debbie downer

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    I watched a vaccine expert discuss that vaccinations in the middle of a pandemic is really dangerous as this is how the virus will mutate beyond the vaccine.

    Only the stupid will get the vaccine… and the boosters. This might mean I will be shunned from freedom, but I’m going to compromise my health with a vaccine.

    What I still don’t understand is, why can’t only the people who are afraid of the virus, get the vaccine. They’re now protected. I’ve done my research and I don’t see covid as being dangerous statistically to my gender and age group. We also have many treatments available now to treat covid patients with severe symptoms… why are we still afraid of it?

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    Nipral

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    How can you be so stupid and who cares about you and your opinions anyway ?

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    James R

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Simon Small aka Issan John

    For once I totally agree with you.

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Illegal border crossings bringing in new Covid-19 infections

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PHOTO: Covid-19 infected border hoppers cross borders like this one betwen Malaysia and Thailand (via Wikimedia)

Authorities are worried about illegal border crossings into Thailand bringing in the Coronavirus after 5 recent Covid-19 infections from such crossings. Bypassing all health and security checkpoints along the border, 5 Thai nationals were identified today as being positive for Covid-19 after they snuck into the country, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

Authorities nabbed 2 after border crossings from Malaysia illegally on April 28 and May 3rd, while another snuck across the Burmese border into Tak on May 2. The last 2 came from Cambodia on Thursday across the Sa Kaeo border. All 5 illegal border crossers are now in state hospitals for Covid-19 treatment.

According to CCSA data in the first four months of 2021 a total of 15,378 people were arrested by Thai authorities while sneaking across borders. Even after security forces increased patrolling along the borders, people managed to sneak in from Myanmar, Malaysia, Laos, and Cambodia. 6,700 of those who crossed the border were Burmese citizens, while another 1,700 of them were Thai nationals.

With nearly 400 lives lost to Covid-19 and over 83,000 people having been infected in the pandemic, the CCSA declared that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and National Security Council Secretary-General Natthapol Nakpanich agree that these illegal border crossers without Covid-19 screening are a serious problem.

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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9 student nurses experience side effects from Sinovac vaccine

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PHOTO: Side effects were felt by 9 nursing students after receiving the Sinovac vaccine. (via Jernej Furman / Flickr)

After receiving the Sinovac vaccine, 9 student nurses at Thammasat University have complained of side effect according to the Facebook page of the Student Organization of Thammasat University. After 88 student nurses received the Chinese-made vaccine on April 23 and May 5, 2 experienced minor side effects of a little pain in the arm they were vaccinated in, while 7 felt substantial reactions including chest pain, muscle pain, dizziness, fatigue, breathing problems, numbness, and facial tics.

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  1. 14 hours after receiving the jab, a female nursing student said that she felt side effects of fatigued and had trouble breathing and had to use pillows to help her breathing difficulties.
  1. Another female student felt muscle pain and dizziness the next day after receiving the vaccine.
  1. A female student ended up receiving Vitamin B and Amitriptyline from a doctor for her side effects. She reported to initially feel something in her arm and hand where she was injected, and then numbness in her left leg and in her fingertips on both hands.
  1. For the 3 days following her inoculation, the last female nursing student had side effects of chest pains and shortness of breath.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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