This is not the end of the fourth wave of coronavirus pandemic, the chairman of Romania’s National COVID-19 Vaccination Coordination Committee (CNCAV), Valeriu Gheorghita, said on Tuesday, during a press conference at Victoria Palace, estimating that the return to school could generate an increase of SARS-CoV-2 infections.
According to the military doctor, the infection risk could also go up in the context of the cold season, because people will have the tendency to stay indoors more, without frequently airing out the rooms.
Valeriu Gheorghita highlighted that the message according to which the fourth pandemic wave “is being resolved” should not be promoted.
“I believe that the epidemiological situation tends to become stable, but this is in no case the end of the fourth wave. We would have wanted this to happen, but we are also looking at what is going on in Europe and we see that there are already many countries that are registering an important increase in the number of cases. The problem is that in the countries with a high vaccination coverage, the pandemic no longer has any significant impact. Meaning the number of serious cases, admission to ICUs and casualties do not go up at the same time. They remain at a stable value, a reduced value and are generally the appanage of people who were not vaccinated or vaccinated people that have an advanced age, who also have a lot of associated chronic conditions,” the head of CNCAV declared.
Valeriu Gheorghita mentioned that the booster shot is necessary, in the context in which over 35-40% of infections in vaccinated people appear after the fifth month of completing the full scheme of immunization.
“This is why we have the threshold of 6 months from where we are firmly recommending the booster shot,” he said.
At current pace, 50% of Romanians vaccinated by year’s end, a totally insufficient rate
If the current vaccination rate will be maintained, by the end of the year there will be 8.5 million Romanians vaccinated, a “totally insufficient rate”, said Valeriu Gheorghita, the chairman of Romania’s National COVID-19 Vaccination Coordination Committee (CNCAV), at Victoria Palace, on Tuesday.
“283,967 people were vaccinated with the first dose during the week of November 1-7, most of them being people under the age of 60. Approximately 71,850 are people with ages over 60. We have a drop of over 50% of the total number of vaccinated people with the first dose in the previous week, as opposed to the week prior, when there were over 575,000 newly vaccinated people. Obviously, if we maintain this vaccination rate, of approximately 25,000 new people per day, the total number of people which we can reach by this year’s end would be approximately 8.5 million people – so less than what we initially estimated – which represents approximately 50% of the eligible population over the age of 12,” the military doctor said.
Valeriu Gheorghita added that, according to the vaccination rate at the end of October, it was estimated that a 70% vaccination rate could be achieved among the eligible population.
“A vaccination rate of 50% of the eligible population is totally insufficient for preventing a significant impact of the following pandemic waves, even for the fourth wave, which is not yet done, it is in full evolution, this vaccination rate is not high enough so that it will substantially limit the negative consequences of the pandemic. And I’m talking here of the serious forms, admissions to the ICUs and deaths,” he said, according to Agerpres.