Director of the St. Petersburg Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology named after Pasteur of Rospotrebnadzor, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Areg Totolyan in an interview with the Izvestia newspaper assessed the danger of vaccination for asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19.
According to him, vaccination for such patients does not carry risks. He clarified that in the presence of clinical manifestations of the disease, such as low-grade fever, loss of smell, signs of acute respiratory infections, vaccination should be postponed to a later date.
In addition, the specialist recalled that permission for vaccination must be obtained from a doctor, a vaccine prevention specialist. The academician specified that people aged 90 and over should wait for the formation of herd immunity.
Totolyan recalled that there are citizens in Russia at the age of 130, most of whom have chronic diseases, and this is a relative contraindication for vaccination. However, some diseases are considered absolute contraindications to vaccination – primary immunodeficiencies.
The academician specified that in such patients whole parts of the immune system are turned off from functioning. They need to wait for the situation when herd immunity appears.
Earlier, Ancha Baranova, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor at the School of Systems Biology at George Mason University (USA), Chief Researcher at the Medical Genetic Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said that the age limit for vaccination against coronavirus is 80-85 years. She noted that such restrictions are not associated with an increased risk of vaccination for the elderly, but with its appropriateness.