“If we want to keep the number of infections low, reduce the number of deaths, and possibly bring them to zero, we must resort to a large-scale vaccination,” said Tengiz Tsertsvadze, Head of Tbilisi Infectious Diseases Hospital.
Tsertsvadze believes the main thing is that society, first of all doctors, need to overcome their skepticism and vaccinate, so that 60-65% of the population is vaccinated by the end of the year.
At the same time, he added, 30 thousand doses of ‘Pfizer’ vaccine should be delivered to Georgia by March 26.
Tsertsvadze said Georgia has two possible scenarios and two perspectives. The first is to overcome the skepticism and mistrust about the Covid-19 vaccine.
“A single coincidental accident reinforced these negative tendencies towards the vaccination. The number of people wishing to get the vaccine shot has decreased in the last two days. They need to overcome this skepticism and get involved in the large-scale vaccination campaign,” Tsertsvadze said.
The Head of Tbilisi Infectious Diseases Hospital concluded that the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths will inevitably increase if citizens refuse to vaccinate, which itself will again lead to either complete or partial lockdown.
His words refer to the incident that happened in Georgia last week, shortly after launching the vaccination process” a 27-year-old nurse developed anaphylactic shock following vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine, and died the next day.
The nurse was vaccinated at the Akhaltsikhe clinic on March 18, and after her condition worsened, she was transferred to Tbilisi. She died at the First University Clinic on March 19.
By Ana Dumbadze
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