VIVA – Program vaccineabout COVID-19 which is proclaimed by the government, is targeted to reach a minimum of 70 percent of the population herd immunity or population immunity. However, unfortunately there is still disinformation that has resulted in misunderstanding in the community.
Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, Padjadjaran University, Cissy Rachiana Sudjana Prawira-Kartasasmita, explained herd immunity can be obtained by two schemes, namely immunization and infection.
According to him, immunization is an effort to create immunity against a disease caused by a virus or bacteria. Also, infection is allowing a virus or bacteria to spread to everyone without developing immunity.
He said, immunization is more recommended than through infection.
“We cannot just (carry out the infection scheme), there will be a lot of losses, not to death, the disease will become severe, the hospital becomes full, there are not enough tools, if through infection. So what is always recommended is through immunization. If immunization can be done in bulk, “said Cissy in the Productive Dialogue ‘Exploring Vaccines and Immunization’ at the Media Center Committee for Handling COVID-19 and National Economic Recovery (KPCPEN), Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
He reminded again herd immunity through infection is highly discouraged. Especially in the current era of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also, this is also caused by different levels of virus transmission. Meanwhile, COVID-19 is included in the high-level category of transmission.
As is known, currently COVID-19 cases in the country are still high. For that, always obey health protocols and always do 3M: Wearing a Mask, Keeping Distance and Away from Crowds and Washing Hands with Soap.
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