Individuals receiving either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines against Covid-19 will have to stay at clinics for 45 minutes, instead of 30 minutes to be observed if there are any adverse effects, announces deputy Health Minister of Georgia Tamar Gabunia.
If any side effects occur there will be at least three crews of medical workers on site to respond, but if the demand increases more crews will be available there, said Gabunia.
Earlier this month it was announced that vaccination will continue only in clinics with intensive care units (ICUs).
The decision was made after 27-year-old Georgian nurse Megi Bakradze died after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 18 and went into anaphylactic shock.
Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist at the World Health Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland said that in order to minimise the risks of anaphylaxis, vaccination should be done in an environment where there are doctors and all necessary medicines.
The second issue is that whoever gets the vaccine should be monitored for about 30 minutes, especially those who have a history of anaphylaxis. I think it is important to send a message that these are very rare cases and we try to minimise such cases by ensuring that people are monitored after vaccination, that medicines are available in the medical facilities for those who have an allergic reaction. And it is necessary to convince people that the benefits of vaccines outweigh their risks", she said.
Georgia received 43,200 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 13, while the vaccination of health workers started on March 15 throughout the country.
So far 3,818 health workers have been innoculated against Covid-19 in the country with the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Starting tomorrow, people over 65 years of age will be allowed to register for the Covid-19 vaccination in the country.