March 13, 2021
After being included in the first stage of vaccination against COVID-19, many older adults have already been vaccinated, however, they must continue with precautionary measures to avoid contagion until the vast majority of people are protected.
While it is true that general vaccination is essential in the fight to control the pandemic, it is also necessary that we all assume the commitment to continue protecting ourselves, especially the most vulnerable population.
“The vaccine allows older adults not to develop the disease, but between the first and second doses there are three weeks. And for it to take effect, about three weeks must pass after the second dose. Only then the organism begins to form the defenses. That is why it is very important that, even if they are vaccinated, everyone continues to take the usual care: a mask, social distancing and hand washing”, explains Dr. Jorge Luis Solari, geriatrician at our clinic.
The specialist warns that a vaccinated person can become infected and infect other people, slowing down the control of the pandemic. He recommends that if the patient had COVID-19, he/she should inform it to determine when it is better to get vaccinated (since he/she has already generated antibodies) and if it will be necessary to receive one or two doses.
Many fear the side effects that these vaccines can cause, however, older adults tend to have less reactive immune systems, so side reactions are minor. Finally, Solari recommends that older adults get vaccinated, as in this way the risk of contagion, hospitalization or death is minimized.
Dr. Jorge Luis Solari
Geriatrician at CClínica Ricardo Palma