Some of the Covid-19 vaccines have reached the licensing stage and will be available around the world like December or January.
Stating that the protection period of the vaccine is not known yet and this will be seen in time, Anadolu Health Center Infectious Diseases Specialist Assoc. Dr. Elif Hakko said, “If the vaccination is done at a certain rate in the society, the pace of the epidemic decreases and less people become sick. It will take time to instill societies, we have to be patient. Until then, compliance with the mask, distance and hygiene rules is a must. One should not hesitate to get vaccinated. Every vaccine that has a license is scientifically safe, it should be done with peace of mind ”.
Noting that there are a few vaccines that are not yet licensed but Phase 3 studies are about to be completed, Anadolu Health Center Infectious Diseases Specialist Assoc. Dr. Elif Hakko said, “One is China's inactive or dead virus vaccine, the other is Germany's and America's m-RNA vaccine, and the other is the UK's Adenovirus vector vaccine. The vaccine produced in China, the vaccine made with the oldest known method, namely the dead virus, has no reliability problem in general, but we do not know about its effectiveness yet, since Phase 3 studies have not been published. The m-RNA vaccine, produced in Germany, is administered to the body by a method previously tested in cancer vaccines, that is, by loading a protein of the virus into the messenger gene, and the body produces immune cells as if it encountered a virus. It was found to be 3 percent effective in the Phase 95 study results, it was found to be reliable and had no serious side effects other than arm pain and mild fever. With the same method, a company in America produced a vaccine. Adenovirus vectored vaccines were produced in England and China, where another virus was used as a carrier. The reliability results of these vaccines are also very good, but their efficacy was found to be slightly lower than other vaccines, ”he said.
No serious side effects reported so far in vaccines of Germany, America and China
Stating that the efficiency of the vaccines produced by Germany and the USA is over 90 percent, Infectious Diseases Specialist Assoc. Dr. Elif Hakko said, “The dead virus vaccine of Germany, America and China has no serious side effects reported so far. Some neurological side effects were seen in 2 patients in the vaccine of England, but they were said to be not related to the vaccine. Other than that, simple side effects such as arm pain, mild fever and malaise were observed, ”he said.
Noting that it has been seen how many people have been sick and killed by the virus, Assoc. Dr. Elif Hakko said, “Unfortunately, we do not have effective drugs for treatment. For this reason, it is the best option not only for ourselves but also for our risky relatives not to get sick and not get infected as a vaccine. Vaccines have been a remedy for many killer diseases in the past and will continue to do so. In addition to what a live virus will do, vaccines cannot even have side effects. So let's not hesitate to get vaccinated. Every vaccine that has a license is scientifically safe, it should be done with peace of mind ”.
Information about vaccines without any basis should not be relied upon
Stating that especially those in the risk group should be vaccinated, but working and active people with potential to infect should be vaccinated, Assoc. Dr. Elif Hakko said, “I would suggest not to rely on information that is not scientific and has no basis, such as altering our genetic code, especially for the m-RNA vaccine. Anti-vaccination is frequently used by some physicians, journalists and famous people who have recently emerged with the desire to become popular. Thanks to vaccines, smallpox has been completely eradicated today, children do not die from measles, and there are no children left disabled due to polio. Lives are saved with this method, which is both the safest and cheapest. Vaccine is one of the most important inventions of humanity. Let's be for science and not take seriously anything other than what science says. Outbreaks in the past have been around for 2-3 years, but now we have a weapon like a vaccine. Therefore, I estimate that this period will be shorter, but it is not possible to give an exact date on when the epidemic will end ”.