Vaccines Must Be The New Way of Life, Says NICD

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has advised that vaccination must be normalised annually as it fades away overtime and the immune system weakens once more against Covid-19.  

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The process of vaccination against Covid-19 should be normalised annually to fight against the resurgence of the virus, said the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD). 

According to the NICD, vaccine doses wear off over time and the immune system weakens against the Covid-19 virus. 

The NICD Principal Medical Scientist, Dr Jinal Bhinam confirmed that being vaccinated doesn’t mean you are forever safe from getting infected with Covid-19.

The antibody levels don’t stay at high factor, they wane overtime. People will have to get boosters if they want to keep the number of variants to a minimum. 

The NICD has also added that, vaccines plays an important role in stopping the spread of Covid-19 in the country. 

This is because they offer protection to an individual, by reducing their risk of infection or the severity of their symptoms, and also at a population level, referred to as population-immunity. The vaccination programme is a priority in the fight to prevent the spread of Covid-19, said the NICD.

Its reported that the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel are already rolling out the booster shots vaccine, prioritising healthcare workers and the poor. 

The Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo has stated that, as the department, they had tried not to confuse South Africans with booster shots information at least until December. Dhlomo said the focus is to ensure that 40 million vaccines have been administered by December. 

The NICD said they are also working on discovering the intensity of the new C1V2 variant against the antibodies. 

Dr Bhinam for NICD didn’t confirm whether the Covid-19 patients at Groote Schuur hospital are hospitalised due to their immune system weakening overtime against Covid-19.

While health experts seemed eager to share information about the myths and confusion around vaccines, government seems to think otherwise as being overly transparent can scare people off. 

The NICD said the continuation of vaccinations every year is the only way to fight the spread of Covid-19, people might soon have to get over their fears about the vaccines.

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