As many as 751 employees of reanimatology and intensive care units were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Moldova on the first day of the immunization campaign. According to specialists of the National Public Health Agency, no side effects have been reported so far, IPN reports.
In a news conference, epidemiologist Alexei Ceban said all the doses of vaccine were distributed to local public health centers and from there to hospitals. The persons who got cured of COVID-19 can be vaccinated and an antibody test is not necessary.
Asked to comment on the information that there are health workers who refused to be vaccinated, Alexei Ceban said he does not know about this, but the Ministry of Health’s position is that vaccination is safe and necessary.
As to the Russian vaccine Sputnik V and its use in Moldova, a decision hasn’t been taken yet. The national committee for the coordination of COVID-19 immunization activities earlier decided that only vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency and the WHO will be used in Moldova. However, after the Medicines Agency of Moldova approved the Sputnik V vaccine, the committee is to convene and consider again the use of Sputnik V in Moldova.
Among the health professionals who were vaccinated today was the head of the Intensive Care Department of the Emergency Medicine Institute Adrian Belyi. He said it is an ordinary process, as in the case of other vaccines, and he got a vaccine in order to avoid infection and a possible serious form of the disease and also not to infect others if he has an asymptomatic form.