More than a million residents of Havana received three doses of Abdala

More than a million inhabitants of Havana have received three doses of Abdala
More than a million inhabitants of Havana have received three doses of Abdala. Photo: Cubadebate.

Cuba: This Monday, the anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination with Abdala finished in the 15 municipalities of Havana, an immunogen developed by the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, with an efficacy of 92, 28% against symptomatic disease and 100% in the prevention of severe disease and death, results obtained in the Phase III Clinical Trial, Cubadebate publishes.

María Elena Soto Entenza, head of the Department of Primary Care of the Ministry of Public Health, specified that until this Sunday around one million 355 thousand people were immunized.

After concluding this stage, the specialist pointed out that 57 centralized vaccinations were enabled to complete the doses of those who remain pending.

She explained that to go to these facilities, the interested parties must coordinate it with the family doctor, who will indicate the corresponding site according to their planning.

The doctor insisted that despite having finished the vaccination, the immunity schedule is not achieved until between 14 and 28 days after the last dose, and control of the disease also depends on compliance with safety measures and that a high percentage of vaccinated is reached.

One of the health institutions that completed the immunization with Abdala is the 19 de Abril Polyclinic, in the capital’s Plaza de la Revolución municipality, where more than 12,400 people received the immunogen.

The process began on June 21 in its 25 family doctor and nurse offices with a large influx of population from other territories, Mailín Cubas Curbelo, responsible for the health intervention in the center, said.

The Graduate in Nursing expressed that on this day the doses were applied to those who could not comply with the immunization schedule due to health problems, because they were in contact with a positive case for COVID-19 or found treatment with antibiotics or steroids.

With that purpose, Yoan Manuel Pose Gómez arrived at the institution on Monday to receive his third injection, postponed for having remained in isolation as a contact with a confirmed person.

The 23-year-old said that completing doses of the drug gives him greater peace of mind, although he knows that he must continue to take care of himself.

In Havana last week the first dose of Abdala was also applied to pregnant women, puerperal women and nursing mothers, and these days it will begin to be administered, as in the rest of the country, to transplanted patients.

Similarly, the vaccination of patients in nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals, psycho-pedagogical medical centers and patients who suffer from nephropathy continues.

Likewise, the Temporary Working Group to confront the new coronavirus in the capital approved 22 health measures to be implemented in Primary Health Care and hospital institutions, to reinforce the current plan for the prevention and control of the pandemic.

The new provisions include opening consultations for the care of patients with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, in polyclinics and hospitals, and setting up working groups to monitor those admitted to the home.

It was stipulated to guarantee pulse oximeters for these specialists and to reinforce the support to the office staff with students of Medical Sciences and other health professionals.

It was also indicated to intensify the daily investigations and guarantee at the polyclinic level the storage conditions of the basic drugs for the treatment of the main symptoms and comorbidities.

Other measures are the performance of a new intervention with Prevengo-Vir to the population according to their risk, and the administration of three bulbs of Biomodulin-T to those over 75 years of age who live with positive patients at home admission.

In addition, a new COVID-19 preparation cycle will be developed for professionals and technicians, according to the level of care and specialty, and training will be given on the new modifications of the clinical and diagnostic protocol.

Beyond the measures adopted and compliance with the immunization scheme, it is required that the citizens of the capital comply with physical distancing, the correct use of the mask face and home isolation in the case of being positive for COVID-19.

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