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Sinovac jabs safe for over 60s, says China study

Sinovac jabs safe for over 60s, says China study

THAILAND: Senior citizens have no need to worry about getting inoculated with Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine, as a study carried out in China has confirmed its suitability for use in adults over the age 60, said Sophon Mekhton, assistant to the Public Health Minister and chairman of the COVID-19 vaccine management sub-committee, yesterday (May 10).

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 11 May 2021, 09:57AM


A medical worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine yesterday for injection at an old warehouse in Klong Toey, Bangkok, which has been converted into a mass inoculation venue. The site, located near the Port Authority of Thailand’s head office, is the third to be set up in response to the growing number of infections in the capital’s crowded districts. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul.

A medical worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine yesterday for injection at an old warehouse in Klong Toey, Bangkok, which has been converted into a mass inoculation venue. The site, located near the Port Authority of Thailand’s head office, is the third to be set up in response to the growing number of infections in the capital’s crowded districts. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul.

The results of the independent study, Dr Sophon said, should dispel any remaining doubts about the safety of Sinovac jabs for senior citizens, which stemmed from a lack of empirical data for the age group after the vaccine was rolled out.

Dr Sophon said many have received Sinovac jabs across the world and the vaccine was found to be safe.

The study found the company’s vaccine, which uses culture-grown virus particles to stimulate the body’s immune response, is effective and safe, which is reassuring, he added.

Responding to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) previous statements regarding Sinovac’s vaccine, Dr Sophon urged the public to not cling on to old information.

The WHO had earlier said that an independent assessment of Sinovac jabs showed the vaccine poses a low risk of serious adverse effects for adults over 60.

The same study, however, backed Sinovac’s claims that two doses of the jabs can effectively and safely prevent virus transmission in other age groups.

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The AstraZeneca vaccine, which will be ready in about a month, will ultimately be the primary COVID-19 vaccine for individuals over the age of 60. AstraZeneca has been the vaccine of choice for senior citizens in Thailand, although the lack of supplies has prompted a switch to Sinovac.

Last Friday, the national communicable diseases committee approved the use of Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine for people over 60.

Dr Sophon said all vaccines have a chance of causing negative side-effects, although the likelihoods are very slim, before assuring the government has a plan in place in case senior citizens vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine develop unwanted side-effects.

Thailand has imported 3.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Sinovac to date. A further 500,000 doses donated by China will arrive this week, while the two million bought by the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation will be delivered later this month.

Meanwhile, Anusorn Tamajai, former dean of the Faculty of Economics at Rangsit University, said the government should offer B8-12 million to each family whose member is proven to have died after being vaccinated against COVID-19.

The scheme will boost people’s confidence in the vaccine, he said, adding public health workers should be paid more for their hard work, sacrifice and danger they face from the virus.

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Kurt | 11 May 2021 - 16:17:34

...Says China, that of course want to get rid of a by now inferior Vaccine. Thailand friends are good for it to get it at 'sales time'. Can dump anything in Thailand. Chino-Thai Hi-So's love it with dollar signs in eyes. For Thailand great thai commission times! Keep it up!

Capricornball | 11 May 2021 - 11:11:36

I place "0" faith in China's study of their own vaccine...and even less in Khun Sophon's opinion about anything, as he is simply a mouthpiece.  Frankly, I want NO vaccine from Thailand, and it probably won't matter what I want as the story changes every day as to what is available, particularly to us "dirty farang".

 

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