Prilagoditev strategije cepljenja: Po najstarejših mora biti prioriteta na tistih z največ kontakti

Nemški imunolog Michael Meyer-Hermann predlaga prilagoditev strategije cepljenja – prioriteta naj bi namesto na starosti temeljila na kriteriju števila kontaktov. Dosedanja strategija cepljenja najprej najstarejših je sicer zmanjšala hospitalizacijo in umrljivost, ni pa bistveno vplivala na zmanjšanje pojavnosti okužb, saj imajo najstarejši najmanj kontaktov. Seveda mora vsaka strategija upoštevati oba kriterija, torej zaščito najranljivejših skupin, nato pa se skupino z največ kontakti. Pri slednjih gre za zdravniško osebje, učiteljsko osebje, zaposlene v ključnih javnih storitvah, pa tudi zaposlene v trgovinah, servisnih dejavnostih in gostinstvu, kar omogoča ohranitev odprtosti teh dejavnosti tudi v primeru eskalacije tretjega vala epidemije.

Germany should prioritize people for coronavirus vaccines by the number of their social contacts rather than their age, immunology expert Michael Meyer-Hermann told local media on Sunday. Meyer-Hermann, from the Helmholtz center for Infection Research in the central German city of Braunschweig, told the Berlin-based Tagesspiegel newspaper that first giving vaccines to those with the most contacts “would have a much greater effect.”

He pointed out that the plan followed by Germany and most other countries of vaccinating the elderly and most vulnerable first had reduced the number of deaths, but had not had a significant impact on the pandemic as these people tended to have the fewest social contacts.

Vir: Deutsche Welle

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