Due to the increase in the incidence of the Omicron coronavirus strain, Russians are better off being vaccinated again. This was announced on Friday, January 14, by infectious disease doctor Andrei Pozdnyakov.
Due to the difficult epidemiological situation at the moment, it is recommended to be vaccinated again for everyone who has been vaccinated for a long time, the specialist believes.
“You can have time to be vaccinated or revaccinated so that immunity is formed by the peak of the next wave,” RIA Novosti quotes the expert as saying.
The Omicron strain is capable of neutralizing antibody protection, but those vaccinated against coronavirus vaccines tolerate it more easily, “like a common respiratory infection,” Pozdnyakov reassured the Russians.
According to the specialist, the introduction of new restrictive measures in a certain scenario of the development of the situation with the incidence may be unnecessary.
“If Omicron proceeds easily and mostly on an outpatient basis, then a lockdown is really unnecessary,” Pozdnyakov said.
Earlier, on January 12, the director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases of the United States, Anthony Fauci, said that no one would be able to avoid infection with the Omicron strain, but those vaccinated would more easily transfer the disease.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on the same day at a meeting with members of the government said that Russia has about two weeks to prepare for the rise in the incidence of COVID-19. The head of state also pointed out the need to increase vaccination against coronavirus.
In addition, Putin said that the Sputnik V vaccine appears to be more effective than other drugs against the Omicron strain. At the same time, the head of state noted the increase in the incidence of COVID-19 in different countries of the world. According to the Russian leader, this once again underlines the correctness of the decision to send a group of Russian specialists to South Africa.
Putin added that against the backdrop of a possible increase in the incidence of COVID-19 associated with the Omicron strain, it is necessary to prepare the Russian hospital network and industry, as well as to increase the pace of vaccination and testing.
A large-scale vaccination campaign continues in Russia. Citizens can get vaccinated for free. Six drugs against coronavirus have been registered in the country: Sputnik V, Sputnik Light, EpiVacCorona, KoviVac, EpiVacCorona-N and the Sputnik M adolescent vaccine.
All relevant information on the situation with the coronavirus is available on the websites of stopcoronavirus.rf and accessvsem.rf, as well as by the hashtag #WeV Together. Coronavirus hotline: 8-800-2000-112.