A MEDICAL professional says vaccines are only a prevention option and not a cure for Coronavirus (Covid-19).
University of Papua New Guinea Medical School Dean Prof John Vince said vaccines were 70 – 90 per cent effective against the initial Covid-19.
“Vaccine doesn’t give 100 per cent protection against the virus but strong evidence from around the world suggests it’s giving 100 per cent protection against contracting severe infection and death from Covid-19,” he said.
“So you shouldn’t be too surprised if you’re vaccinated and get mild illness and you’re found to be positive; nobody is claiming that vaccines give 100 per cent protection.”
Prof Vince confirmed vaccines did have side effects on people but was very rare, similar to any other medication.
“You’ve got to balance the risk of getting Covid-19 and falling severely ill and that risk is much higher when you’re not vaccinated,” he said.
“Life is full of risks; you take risks every day, you just have to balance your pros and cons so balance that against the risk of getting Covid-19 and dying.”
Prof Vince, who is a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee, also highlighted that recovery from Covid-19 can take several months.
The National / PNG Health News
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