Saying they are entitled to the “best” protection possible from Covid19 infection, several medical frontliners are calling on the government to provide them with Western-brand boosters, such as Pfizer or Moderna, which have a higher proven rate of efficacy than the ones being widely-used locally.
Officials of the St. Luke’s Medical Center Employees Association said virtually all of their members are calling on health authorities to supply them with either Pfizer or Moderna boosters that are “far superior” to the Chinese-made Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines that are favored by the Inter-Agency Anti-Covid Task Force.
Jao Clumia, president of the SLMCEA, cited published reports saying anti-bodies of the Sinovac vaccine that were administered earlier wane considerably after only six months, which is why it is now imperative that booster shots be rolled out soonest, possibly during the last quarter of 2021.
“So our request, since we are one of the largest hospitals, is for us to be given the best vaccines like Moderna or Pfizer or J&J,” he said.
Noted health advocate Dr. Tony Leachon, who was formerly an adviser of the IATF on pandemic response, said in a DZMM Teleradyo interview recently that as early as July 2021, Indonesia had been giving Moderna boosters to its heal workers who had been jabbed with Sinovac.
Aside from Indonesia, previous internet reports said Malaysia and Singapore were also in the process of eliminating Sinovac because they weren’t too satisfied with its performance.
Virtually all of the nation’s frontliners had been inoculated with Sinovac or AstraZeneca whose anti-bodies decrease over time.
An anti-body is a protein produced by the immune system which neutralizes bacteria and viruses that enter the body.