Friday, 05 March 2021 | 23:41 WIB

Health Ministry Explains Why COVID-19 Vaccine Needs to be Taken Twice

Spokesperson of COVID-19 Vaccination at the Indonesian MInistry of Health Dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi, M. Epid (netralnews)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Spokesperson of COVID-19 Vaccination at the Indonesian MInistry of Health Dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi, M. Epid, says COVID-19 vaccination should be taken twice. The reason is to let the immune system know how to fight against the virus.

"The antibody needs some time after the second vaccine doses. It takes time to fight against the virus," she said during an online press conference on COVID-19 adverse events following immunization (AEFI) on Monday (02/22/2021).

In the first vaccination, our body just responds to the initial immunity. In the second vaccination, the formed antibody's response gets stronger, and it will get even stronger in the future.

"The second vaccine injection is the optimal booster, and a new immune will be formed 28 days after the second vaccination. Our body needs time to respond," Siti Nadia said.

We also have to remember that after vaccination, people still have a risk to get infected with COVID-19. It is expected that by vaccination, our body is more prepared to fight and avoid COVID-19.

"If there is someone who gets COVID-19 after the vaccination, the symptoms are not too heavy or severe," she said, while also remining people about the health protocols, such as wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing hands.

In the same opportunity, the Head of the Post-immunization Follow-up Events National Commission, Prof. Dr. dr. Hindra Irawan Satari Sp.A(K)., MTropPaed acknowledges the fact that the first vaccination does not form antibodies. After the first immunisation, the first and second week, a person can still get infected with COVID-19.

Then, after the second immunisation, the body immune will be formed. The body immune will be formed in a span of two weeks. Even so, we still have to follow the health protocol.

"Because it is still risky. If we do not follow the health protocols, something unwanted might happen. If there is someone who gets infected with COVID-19 after the vaccination, at least it does not hurt that much," he said.