"Vaccines for the ages of 5-11 seem to be coming, but if we do not see the data we can not say the final word. We will not be content with a company statement, much less the one that produces them, for their distribution to children. Most likely, it is indeed effective, but it remains to be seen the relevant studies and data. " said in Athens 984 the pediatrician and epidemiologist, professor of the National School of Public Health and member of the Committee of Experts, Takis Panagiotopoulos.
As he emphasized while speaking to Giannis Papageorgiou, each country, with its experts, reserves the right to judge and decide. "We will not vaccinate children aged 5-11 if we are not convinced it is safe."
And stressed that "Greece has accepted the single crisis at European level, but reserves the right to judge and decide, with its own experts. There are multiple safety valves for vaccine effectiveness. "We will not vaccinate children of this age unless we are convinced that they are needed and that they do not endanger those who do."
For the strong recommendation of giving a third dose to those over 60, he explained how "Over time and with age, the immune response is not as strong. The covid 19 vaccine is highly effective, with continuous doses in both doses. There is, however, a small decrease in antibodies over time, but the fact is not related to the effectiveness, which in the coverage of a serious disease with both doses reaches up to 85%, while with the third it goes to 95%. "The great measure of protection against the pandemic is the two doses of vaccine and it is extended to the third."
At the same time, however, he stated that "Vaccination performance of vaccines is limited. That is why the third installment is crucial, especially for the health professionals. "
Characterized both doses are necessary for those who have not done them, noting that we must do everything we can to convince them. "The evidence for the positive contribution of vaccination to coronavirus protection is staggering." the professor concluded.