By TPN / Lusa, in News 12/05/2020 6:00:00 PM 0 comments
Researcher João Gonçalves has called on the population not to fear possible side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine, as the immune system “fights and is trained” against the vaccine.
When asked whether immunity caused by the vaccine has safety concerns, the researcher said the information available is that “all those comparisons” that have been put forward as potential side effects of vaccines do not occur.
“The evidence is that the available data from all the vaccines we have only indicates that the side effects are the side effects of a stimulation of the immune system. So one more piece of advice for people at home, don’t fret. will cause life, ”he emphasized at the meeting, as experts take stock of the measures taken to combat Covid-19 and look at how the disease develops in the country.
For the investigator, immunity should be further assessed once the vaccine is on the market.
João Gonçalves also asked people not to fear how quickly the vaccine was reached, noting that “all necessary stages in vaccine development” have been completed.
So, he said, “monitoring is important, and Infarmed will certainly have guidelines for that, but monitoring this immunity and the resistance we will have to the vaccines will be very important.”
In summary, the researcher said that everything known about the benefits of immunity to the vaccine “clearly outweighs the risks of non-vaccination, we will have a lower risk of the disease, we will have some side effects, and we will have a reduction. of the transmission “.
“This is certainly very important, and it would be very bad for science, very bad for humanity, if after eight months of terrible and intensive work from a social and research point of view, we could not have all this immunity well established and able to protect ourselves. us against this virus, ”he emphasized.
About the effectiveness of the vaccines, the expert warned that “there will potentially be a lot of variation from person to person.”
In the same vein, vaccine immunity will vary from person to person. In the case of age, for example, it is likely that the elderly will have less immunity.
Since the vaccine will not create immunity for everyone and it is not yet known when herd immunity will be created, João Gonçalves leaves a warning: “The homework is not finished yet!”
In his speech, António Roldão, of the Institute for Experimental Biology and Technology, said that there have been some 20 infectious disease outbreaks in the 21st century alone.