The head of the National Coordinating Committee for Activities on Vaccination against SARS-CoV-2, Valeriu Gheorghita, said that 819,446 people have been vaccinated until February 22, in Romania, of which over 589,000 were vaccinated with two doses.
“By vaccine type, 669,904 people have been vaccinated with Pfizer since December 27, the majority, 589,640 of whom already received both doses, 77,726 people have been vaccinated with the first dose of the Moderna vaccine, and 71,817 people have been vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine produced by the AstraZeneca company,” said Valeriu Gheorghita, on Tuesday, at the Victoria Palace.
He added that, regarding the second stage of the vaccination campaign, 655,605 people have been vaccinated since January 15.
The head of CNCAV also mentioned that, since January 15, 178,225 people have been vaccinated who work in essential sectors of activity, representing approximately 27pct of the total.
3,969 persons tested positive after first dose of vaccine; prevention measures – important
The head of the National Committee for the Coordination of Activities on Vaccination against SARS-CoV-2, Valeriu Gheorghita, on Tuesday said 3,969 people tested positive for coronavirus after receiving the first dose of the vaccine, and 446 people had a positive test after the booster.
The head of the vaccination campaign drew attention to the importance of complying with the preventive measures both before and after vaccination, “in order to obtain maximum benefits,” given that it takes time to obtain antibodies.
“After the first dose, between December 27, 2020 and February 21, 2021, approximately 3,969 people, representing 0.49pct of the number of people vaccinated with the first dose, tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. (…) The average time between vaccination and the time of the infection was seven days, which means that the individuals were diagnosed during the time when the level of antibodies was not high enough and, most likely, the persons in question were either in the incubation period, in an asymptomatic infection phase, or they were exposed after vaccination, given that the incubation period for SARS-CovV-2 is between 2 and 14 days,” he told a news conference.
Valeriu Gheorghita mentioned that 95pct of these people were vaccinated with the serum produced by Pfizer-BioNTech, 4.6pct – with the vaccine produced by Moderna and 0.4pct – with the one from Oxford – AstraZeneca.
At the same time, 1,052 people who were diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 after they got the first dose already went for the booster dose. 172 people received the second dose in the first two weeks after the infection was cured, and the remaining 880 people were vaccinated two weeks after the infection was cured.
On the other hand, 446 people, representing 0.08pct of the total number of people vaccinated with two doses, had a positive test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection between January 17 and February 21. All of these people have been vaccinated with the serum produced by Pfizer-BioNTech, as this is currently the only type of vaccine that has got to the second phase in Romania, the phase in which people get the booster.
“The average time from the second dose to the date of confirmation of the infection was four days. I remind you that the benefits of vaccination reach a maximum after at least 7, 10, 14 days, depending on the type of vaccine, after the second dose. Again, it is very important to follow the preventive measures, because otherwise we may have that false sense of security and expose ourselves in various circumstances to SARS-CoV-2 infection,” he said.
Vaccination of teaching staff to start of Wednesday
The COVID-19 vaccination of the teaching staff starts on Wednesday in most counties in Romania and ends on March 10, during which time the first dose is estimated to be administered to nearly 60,000 persons, Chairman of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Coordination Committee (CNCAV) Valeriu Gheorghita said Tuesday.
The vaccination of the teaching staff will start tomorrow, February 24, in most counties in Romania. The entire activity will end on March 10. From tomorrow, February 24, the vaccination of the teaching staff will start in 23 counties, including in Bucharest City, while on Thursday, February 25, another 14 counties follow suit; two more on February 26 and the last three on March 1 (…) This entire vaccination period designated for this specific process involving the educational staff ends on March 10, during which time a first dose will be administered. We estimate that approximately 60,000 people will be vaccinated in this process,” said Gheorghita at the Government House.