More than 350 doctors and medical professionals in Indonesia have tested positive with COVID-19 despite being vaccinated with Sinovac.
Kudus, which consists of over 5,000 people in the healthcare industry, pushed bed occupancy rates beyond 90 percent and dealt with a Delta variant outbreak. The overall number of healthcare workers infected in Indonesia was over 1000, including 458 doctors and 393 nurses, reported the citizen-based reporting portal, Lapor COVID-19, updated on July 13.
Reuters reports that Badai Ismoyo, the chief of the health office in the district of Kudus in Central Java, said the bulk of the workers were asymptomatic, and self-isolating at home, but others were hospitalized with high fevers low oxygen saturation levels.
Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) said that almost everyone had received the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac. The Sinovac vaccine got approval from the World Health Organization (WHO) for emergency use in June; results showed that it prevented symptomatic disease in 51 percent of recipients and prevented severe COVID-19 and hospitalization.
Siti Nadia Tarmizi, a senior health ministry official, said there were no deaths in Kudus since the beginning of the new outbreak in the past several weeks among health workers, and those contacted with the virus had mild symptoms, reports Reuters. Whereas IDI says, one senior doctor died in Kudus.
Radiologist Dr. Prijo Sidipratomo, Jakarta, told Reuters that over a dozen doctors were hospitalized with COVID-19 in May despite being vaccinated and one treated in ICU. "It is alarming for us because we cannot rely on vaccinations only," he said and urged people to exercise caution.
Jakarta Globe reports that most of over 300 health personnel in Kudus who tested positive for the virus had recovered. Badai Ismoyo, the Kudus district health department head, said the COVID-19 vaccination, given to local health personnel, has successfully protected them against the worst circumstances.
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