The third dose of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine is important in particular for health personnel, who may have to leave the service in the event of contamination, for at least ten days, explained Mr. Afif in a statement to MAP, stressing that the technical vaccination committee which meets at the level of the population management has recommended the administration of a third dose for individuals with risk factors.
Mr. Afif, also president of the National Federation of Health (FNS), also indicated that in terms of immunology and tolerance, no contraindication exists in the interchangeability of vaccines. “The anti-Covid vaccines are interchangeable, for example it is possible to use an AstraZeneca type vaccine for the first two and another vaccine for the third such as Sinopharm or other.
Regarding the vaccination of 12-18 year olds, Mr. Afif said that targeting this age group increases the immunity of the population due to the frequent movement of young people which can thus generate contamination in the family environment and in the school level, mainly with the start of the school year.
Regarding the vaccination of children under 12 years old, the expert clarified that in the absence of a recommendation from the technical committee, vaccination of under 12 years old is not on the agenda of the Scientific Committee. , while priority is given to the 12-18 age group.
He added that given the pace of the current anti-covid vaccination campaign, by December, Morocco will have achieved collective immunity of 80% of its population, noting that the Kingdom should receive on September 25, 4 million doses. supplements of the Sinopharm vaccine.
It should be noted that in its Tuesday bulletin on the Covid-19 epidemiological situation, the Ministry of Health indicated that the number of first-time vaccinees reached 21,411,909 and that of fully vaccinated people (1st and 2nd doses) s ‘is 17,764,370.