The chairman of Romania’s National Committee for Coordination of Vaccination Activities, Dr. Valeriu Georgica, announced today that 3,969 people tested positive for the coronavirus after receiving the first dose of the vaccine, and 446 people tested positive after the second dose, Agence France-Presse reported.
He drew attention to the importance of following preventive measures both before and after vaccination, as it takes some time for antibodies to form.
“After the first dose, between 27 December 2020 and 21 February 2021, a total of 3969 people, representing 0.49 percent of the total number of people vaccinated with the first dose, tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.” , Georgitsa said, quoting his words BTA.
He noted that the infection was detected on average seven days after vaccination, ie in the time interval when antibodies had not yet formed to the extent necessary to provide protection.
“We are probably talking about situations in which these individuals were in the incubation period at the time of vaccination, or in the phase of asymptomatic infection, given that the incubation period of SARS-CoV-2 is two to 14 days,” he specified.
Valeriu Georgica pointed out that 95 percent of these people had been vaccinated with Pfizer / Biontech, 4.6 percent with Moderna and 0.4 percent with AstraZeneca.
At the same time, 446 people, representing 0.08 percent of the total number vaccinated with the two doses, tested positive for coronavirus between January 17 and February 21. They were all immunized with the Pfizer / Biontech vaccine, as it was the only type of vaccine to be given at the time.
Vaccination in Romania began on 27 December with the Pfizer / Biontech vaccine. Moderna’s vaccine will be given on February 4, and AstraZeneca’s vaccine on February 15. According to yesterday’s data from the beginning of the campaign, 1,409,087 doses of vaccine were given to 819,447 people, of which 229,806 were vaccinated with the first dose, and 589,641 – with both doses.
“I remind you that the benefit of vaccination reaches its maximum level at least 7, 10 or 14 days – depending on the type of vaccine – after the second dose. I reiterate the importance of following preventive measures, because otherwise we may have a false a sense of security and to put ourselves at risk of infection, “Georgica stressed.