According to a media report, the benefits of being vaccinated against coronavirus mRNA still outweigh the risks of being vaccinated, the Singapore government’s COVID-19 vaccination expert committee said in response to an open letter from a group of doctors.
Earlier this month, the committee highlighted the possibility that a second dose of mRNA vaccine may be associated with a small risk of myocarditis and pericarditis in young men, Channel News Asia reported on Monday.
Myocarditis and pericarditis are inflammatory conditions that affect the heart muscles and the outer lining of the heart, respectively.
“The assessment following our review is that the benefits of vaccinating with COVID-19 mRNA still outweigh the risks of vaccination,” the committee said. “The data on myocarditis and pericarditis have not changed since then, and the Expert Committee’s assessment remains the same.”
The committee’s comments on Sunday were in response to an open letter circulated on social media that was attributed to a group of doctors, including one cardiologist, calling for an end to the COVID-19 vaccination of Singapore’s youth following reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease. Investigation to control and prevent death of a 13-year-old boy following vaccination with a second dose of mRNA vaccine. The response also highlighted recent international reports of a link between myocarditis and a second dose of mRNA vaccine in young men.
Singapore uses Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for its national vaccination program, which are mRNA vaccines.
“A post on social media indicated that a 13-year-old US man died of heart failure, although the cause of death was not disclosed, and the case is currently being investigated by US authorities,” the committee said.
It says US data show that cases of myocarditis following mRNA vaccination are rare, and almost all such cases are resolved with minimal medical intervention.
“Professional medical associations in the United States, including the American College of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association in the United States, continue to actively promote vaccination of all people 12 years of age and older,” the news channel quoted the committee as saying.
The committee added that it continues to recommend the use of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for young men.
The Expert Committee said it continues to recommend that vaccinated people, especially adolescents and young men, avoid strenuous physical activity for one week after taking the second dose. They should also seek immediate medical attention if they develop chest pain, shortness of breath, or abnormal heartbeat.
The Committee stated that it will continue to monitor the data and revise its recommendations as necessary. TODAY newspaper, citing infectious disease, reported that without additional scientific evidence to support the exact parameters for easing COVID-19 restrictions, Singapore’s vaccination steps to open would have to balance the risk of infection with the social and economic consequences of too long a closure. experts.
The government task force leading the pandemic response said on June 18 that it will gradually loosen restrictions both in Singapore and across its borders, based on two phases: when 50 percent of the population is fully vaccinated and when 75 percent receive injections.
However, last Thursday, the target was pushed to a stage where two-thirds of the population were vaccinated with two doses, as authorities were able to expedite the delivery of vaccine supplies. Singapore is soon approaching a milestone as the task force said that two-thirds of the population is expected to receive both doses of the vaccine by National Day 9 August.
However, one expert suggested that the “magic number” should be set 80 percent higher. Dr. Leong Ho Nam, an infectious disease specialist at Mount Elizabeth Novena, calls for a “more cautious” stance because he fears opening too early could stress the healthcare system.
Noting that the India variant of the Delta coronavirus is at least 60 percent more transmitted, he said: “Once the healthcare system is overwhelmed, everything will collapse very quickly.” He also noted that various scientists required a herd immunity of 70 to 90 percent before opening, but since Singapore has a relatively small number of local (local) cases, its population largely relies on vaccines for protection.
“(About two thirds) I don’t think Singapore will be ready. The number of cases and the speed of spread can overwhelm our country, ”added Dr. Leong. “If you think about it, the idea that humans control the virus is a figment of our imagination.
As of Sunday, Singapore had a total of 62,544 COVID-19 cases and 36 deaths in a population of 5.7 million.