Two doses of Sinovac can stop spread of COVID-19 – National Vaccine Institute
About 95% of those who have received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine have developed an immune response which prevents the spread of SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19, according to research jointly conducted by the Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Diseases Health Science Centre of King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital and the US Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Science (USAMD-AFRIMS).
The National Vaccine Institute said that 186 volunteers have joined the clinical trials, to test their immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. All of them had received their second dose of Sinovac vaccine at least two before the trial.
Blood samples were drawn and tested with the live virus two weeks after the second dose and the result shows that more than 70% of the 171 volunteers had developed an immune response strong enough to prevent the spread of the virus in laboratory tests.
The National Vaccine Institute said there is no need for the general public to test their own immune response, noting that this is the responsibility of doctors to judge who should be tested after their vaccinations.
The institute also said the immune response may differ between individuals, depending on gender, underlying diseases or their immune system, adding that those who are fully inoculated must not lower their guard, to protect themselves from getting infected.
Meanwhile, the Disease Control Department revealed the common side effects, which emerged within 30 minutes and 24 hours of inoculation with Sinovac or AstraZeneca vaccines, between June 1st and 21st.
Side effects from Sinovac vaccine within the first 30 minutes:
- Weakened muscles 4.7%
- Nausea 7.3%
- Muscle pains 7.9%
- Headache 18.7%
- Pain/swelling at injection site 49.4%
Side effects after 24 hours:
- Pain/swelling at injection site 11.6%
- Fever 11.8%
- Fatigue 15.8%
- Headache 22.8%
- Muscle pain 23.6%
Side effects of AstraZeneca vaccine within the first 30 minutes:
- Pain/swelling at injection site 12.5%
- Fatigue 14.6%
- Muscle pain 19.1%
- Fever 21.1%
- Headache 21.4%
Side effects 24 hours one day afterward:
- Pain/swelling at injection site 9.9%
- Fatigue 12.7%
- Headache 19.7%
- Muscle pain 23%
- Fever 24.8%