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Mauritius-COVID-19: Pfizer booster dose given to people over 40 years of age


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Tomorrow, from Friday, January 7, 2022, people over the age of 40 who plan to receive the COVID-19 booster will be able to receive the Pfizer vaccine as a booster dose.

The announcement was made today by Dr. Kairesh Jagtopal, Minister of Health and Welfare, during a press conference held at his ministry’s seat in Port Louis. Dr. Kowlessur, a member of the Vaccination Commission and responsible for planning national vaccination campaigns, and Dr. Nuckcheddy, a member of the Vaccination Commission and responsible for infection, prevention and control, were also present. .. ..

According to the Minister, the Pfizer vaccine was given to people under the age of 18, that is, adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17, and people over the age of 70. He said the country received more than 400,000 Pfizer vaccines on December 31, 2021, so it will be extended to more people.

Dr. Jagutpal said that more than 15% of the population is receiving booster immunization. International studies have shown that vaccines provide protection over a period of time, he emphasized, which is why booster doses are important.

He also enacted new regulations from January 15, 2022 that redefine the status of “complete vaccination” for COVID-19, so citizens will only be assigned to specific facilities if they are fully vaccinated. I recalled that access would be granted.

Regarding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the minister said international studies have shown that two doses of the vaccine are required to be considered fully vaccinated. Therefore, the Vaccination Commission is working on this aspect and will change its effectiveness in the coming weeks, he said.

Talking about sequencing, it became clear that of the 79 samples collected from December 16-27, 2021, 70 were local and 9 were imported. The results are as follows. 62 cases of delta variants were detected, 55 of which were localized and 7 were imported. In addition, 17 cases of Omicron mutants were detected, 15 of which were localized and 2 were imported.

On the topic of vaccination, he emphasized that more than 72% of people have been vaccinated twice. He appealed to those who needed to take booster doses to move forward and advised those who had not yet been vaccinated to do so.

2021 Health Sector Achievements

The Minister also outlined the 2021 health sector results. He said the country was very successful in deploying vaccination and 2021 is the year of vaccination by the Department of Health and Human Services. He emphasized that more than 900,000 vaccinations were given, including the first, second and booster immunizations.

In the last quarter of this year, we had to enroll many COVID-19 cases and reinvent the service to provide medical care other than those related to quarantine, contact tracing, and testing. Dr. Jagutpal said. In addition, several recruitments were made at various levels to enable the health system to function properly, he said. He emphasized that we have adapted to a variety of COVID-19 treatments and continue to adapt in terms of health protocols.

The medical system emphasized by the Minister has more than 14,000 employees 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and throughout 2021, with COVID-19, Mauritius will provide medical care to hospitals, clinics, community medical centers and medical institutions in the country. We continue to provide services. It was blocked. With more than 37,000 interventions, casualties and OPD participants exceeded 2.5 million. This shows that the public trusts the health system.

The Minister also talked about the introduction of new installations such as: Newborn ICU and Spine Unit at Victoria Hospital. Laboratories at Frangipane Center and Brownsequard Hospital. He further recalled that a clinical guideline strategy was set up last year and that evaluation and monitoring will begin in 2022.

The progress he has made has been noted at the level of prenatal clinics and prejudices care, with an emphasis on prevention. The NCD survey was conducted in 2021, and YEPAD was also deployed to keep young people away from drugs, he said. He emphasized that prevention is also done through a health caravan. He further praised the work of medical personnel and expressed satisfaction with the positive results of 2021.

Regarding the Diet, he said that the Mental Health Law and the Ophthalmology Council Law were amended.

With Omicron variant Vaccination campaign

Regarding Dr. Nuckcheddy, we talked about a variant of concern, the Omicron mutant, which has been mutated several times, first detected in South Africa, and rapidly proliferated. He said some studies have shown that the mortality rate due to this mutation is probably lower than that of the delta mutation, but its transmission rate is higher. However, the efficiency of the vaccine against Omicron was reduced due to various mutations, thus emphasizing the importance of obtaining booster jabs for enhanced protection.

Dr. Kowlessur started the vaccination campaign on January 4, 2022, with 951,532 receiving the first vaccination (75,2%) and 914,300 receiving the second vaccination (72,2%). Fifteen percent of the population receives a booster dose, or 190,249. He noted that a total of 47,972 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 were first vaccinated (48,2%) and 34,915 adolescents were fully vaccinated (35,1%).

He pointed out that Pfizer’s booster dose has already been provided to healthcare professionals and high-risk patients at the level of five regional hospitals.

Dr. Kowlessur also received two doses of Pfizer’s booster dose, AstraZeneca, Covaxin, Cobishield, Sputnik, and Sinofarm, at eight vaccination centers Monday through Friday (09 to 15 hours). It was shown to be administered in alphabetical order to those who are. Since the last 4 months.

He also announced on Saturday that the Ministry of Health will work with EDB, Business Mauritius, MEXA, and the Ministry of Civil Service Administrative Reform to provide vaccines to those who have made an appointment with EDB. Booster doses are offered at eight vaccination centers over the age of 40, and Johnson & Johnson is offered at six vaccination centers aged 18-39, he said. He said 13 private clinics would administer booster doses of Johnson & Johnson, two mobile clinics would vaccine adolescents aged 12 to 17 from Monday, and two mobile teams would go to work.

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Mauritius-COVID-19: Pfizer booster dose given to people over 40 years of age

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