The third dose of the anticovid vaccine will be given to people in high risk groups.
Dr. Eduardo Ortega, a member of the Covid
Research Consortium , said that a recommendation has already been made regarding the application of a third dose to people with diseases that affect their immune system in Panama and is expected to be implemented in the coming days.
"Let's hope it is a matter of days and it is for a special group of people, those who have moderate or severe alteration of their immune response, who are included? people who have had organ transplants, people who have some type of cancer either solid tumors or who have leukemias, people who have untreated or advanced acquired human immunodeficiency virus, people who take some type of immunosuppressive treatment for example steroids in discharge dose that alters their response to the vaccine
," said Dr. Ortega.
Ortega explained that 50% of the people in these groups do not respond to the two doses of the anticovid vaccine
, so they require a third dose to complete their vaccination schedule.
It is recommended that the application of the third dose be done 28 days after the two-dose schedule has been completed, and with the same formula previously received, he indicated.
"We believe that it is important that Panama advance with that third dose, we have five million people vaccinated ... it is a small group here, the issue is to have them in a good database," he said.
Regarding the booster dose, Ortega explained that, unlike the third dose, it is applied months or a year after completing the primary regimen and is a subject that is also under discussion.
"We are following recommendations from the FDA and EMA and as soon as we have information, a decision on the reinforcement will be made," he said.
In Panama, the vaccines
developed by Pfizer
are being applied.
According to the latest report from the Expanded Program on Immunization (PAI), Panama has already exceeded 5 million vaccines
applied nationwide, including first and second doses.