WHO recommends COVID-19-infected persons to be vaccinated
- 15 February 2021
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended persons, who infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), to be vaccinated, said WHO's Chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan, APA reports citing TASS.
"For now, we know, vaccines are safe for people above the age of 18, the studies in children will be started soon and in the next coming months we will get some data. Also, supplies are limited globally for the vaccines and currently, the vaccines are targeted at those who are at risk, so by the time we get data on the children, there will be more vaccines to go around with," she said.
Dr Swaminathan also said that people should not worry for getting vaccinated as COVID-19 vaccine will act as immunity booster shot in them. "We know that those people who had COVID-19 do develop an immune response against the disease. But there is a sub-group of people, those who have had very mild infection or asymptomatic people, who we know have a less strong immune response compared to those who have developed a serious infection and developed good antibodies in response. So, in general, we are now recommending that people should get vaccinated if they fall in the priority group for which vaccination drives are taking place across the world, regardless of the fact that they had contracted the infection in the past or not."
"The good thing is that the immune system recognises the same protein, so even if one had coronavirus in past and now if they get a vaccine, it acts like a booster and it boosts that immune response further – both the antibody response and the t-cell response, so one is much more assured that they have a good immune response that will last for a longer period of time," noted the WHO official.