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Elderly Citizens Must Consult Doctor Prior to Taking COVID-19 Vaccination

Elderly Citizens Must Consult Doctor Prior to Taking COVID-19 Vaccination (freepict)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Muhammad Fajri, health observer, Universitas Gadjah Mada graduate, and also a COVID-19 volunteer, has reminded elderly people to consult with doctors before receiving COVID-19 vaccination, especially those who have comorbid.

"We need to avoid the unknown reaction. In Norway, the fragile elders pass away. Regarding this matter, the Indonesian Government has become more careful. The elders who have comorbid should consult a doctor first," he said on his Instagram account.

Previously, in the middle of January, the Norway officials reported 33 people who were above 75 years old who passed away in a short time after receiving COVID-19 vaccination from Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE.

After monitoring, the World Health Organization Committee states that the death happens to fragile elders sub-population. Even so, considering its risk and benefits, the vaccine is still useful for the elders.

A vaccine regulatory authority in Germany, Paul Ehrlich Institute, as quoted from The Washington Post on Monday, states that the investigation of seven elders death after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in their area is probably caused by the disease that the patients have.

Regarding the vaccination implementation, the Health Ministry has provided two ways of registration for the elders. The first one is the vaccination will be held in the public health service such as public health centres, public hospitals, or private hospitals.

The elders participants can register themselves by visiting the Health Ministry website www.kemkes.go.id or the website of Committee for COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery (KPCPEN) covid19.go.id.

In those websites, there will be links that can be clicked by the participants and there will be some questions given in the links.

In filling the data, the participants may ask their family or the head of neighbourhood for help.

“In this registration, participants may ask their family or the head of neighbourhood for help,” says the spokesperson of COVID-19 Vaccination, dr. Nadia.

After filling the data in the website, the Provincial Health Offices will determine the schedule that includes the date, time, and the vaccination location for the participants.

The second way is by doing mass vaccination which is held by organizations or institutions that work with the Health Ministry or Public Health Office. The examples of organizations or institutions that hold vaccination are ASN, Pepabri, or Veteran Republik Indonesia.

Fajri says that SinoVac or other COVID-19 vaccines do not cause COVID-19. If there is a person who is tested positive after the vaccination, there is a possibility that the person gets infected in the place where they live or they already have the virus in their body.

“When a germ enters our body, it needs two to fourteen days for them to react. For example, I receive a vaccination on February 10th and one week after that I am tested positive for COVID-19, is it caused by the vaccine? No, it is not. I might be infected with COVID-19 at the end of January or at the beginning of February,” he explains.

The COVID-19 survivors can receive vaccination because there is no proof that shows their disease gets worse after the vaccination so far. The Health Ministry states that the COVID-19 survivors who have passed three months after their recovery can receive vaccination.

After the vaccination, it does not mean that we are immune to COVID-19 because the vaccine is not made to prevent the COVID-19 contagion. We still can get infected with COVID-19 after the vaccination, but the symptoms are not severe.

“If you get infected, you have to do isolation,” says Fajri.

So far, the contraindicated of COVID-19 vaccine receivers is people who have allergy towards particular ingredients in the vaccine and those who have autoimmune diseases.