Not everyone under the age of 60 vaccinated with AstraZeneca is waiting for what will happen with their second dose. The Chiron Hospital of Valencia has decided to supply now, despite the contraindication of the Ministry of Health, the second dose to part of its health personnel under 60 years of age, to those who had already received the first dose of this serum. As this newspaper has learned and has confirmed from the hospital, the decision of Chiron Health It has been to supply the complete drug regimen to “healthcare personnel”, that is, to workers who are on the front line. All those vaccinated received the first dose in mid-February, when this vaccine arrived at private centers to immunize their staff.
The decision of the hospital contravenes the instructions of the Public Health Commission that depends on the ministry and that at the end of April decided, due to some complications detected in some of the vaccinated, to suspend the administration of the second dose, postponing the term for four weeks. to manage it, from 12 to 16 weeks, pending the study being carried out by the Carlos III Institute, considering the possibility of using Pfizer as a second dose for those vaccinated with AstraZeneca under 60 years of age.
It so happens that until mid-March, when the administration of AstraZeneca It was paralyzed for nine days, this vaccine was only authorized for those under 55 years of age, so it was administered to risk groups and essentials such as health workers, teachers or security and emergency services, all of them under the age limit of 60 years for the one that is now contraindicated the Oxford drug is discontinued.
Fear that vaccines will expire
The twelve weeks that set the tone were fulfilled last week. From the hospital they explain to Levante-EMV that they have been asking Health since April 20 what to do with those second doses “and there has been no answer” and that the vials were stored in the refrigerator (the complete guideline was sent from Health) and the hospital’s fear “was that they would expire and we would leave our staff unvaccinated.”
In addition, they defend that the technical sheet of the vaccine marks that it is suitable to immunize people over 18 years of age and that its correct schedule is between 10 and 12 weeks, a regulation that was approved by the European Medical Agency itself. However, the technical data sheet also indicates that the vials can last 6 months in refrigerators between 2 and 8 degrees and in the hospital they would have been three months.
Likewise, one of the complaints that they expose from the hospital is that there was a comparative “grievance” between private and public health because, they denounce, a part of the doses that were sent from the conselleria to these private centers for healthcare personnel was AstraZeneca “while to the public” the sanitary vaccination was with Moderna and Pfizer. “From the medical direction it was decided to protect the personnel,” they justify from the health center that they regret that Health “has left us to our fate.”
In this situation, however, there are more than 50,000 Valencians who comply in the coming weeks, before the end of the Carlos III studies, with the time set between the first and second doses of AstraZeneca. They are, among others, social health personnel such as pharmacists or physiotherapists or dependents under 55 years of age and non-professional caregivers to whom Health has already sent a message explaining that their second dose was going to be delayed.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.