Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Saint Lucia Offering Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

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Saint Lucia is now offering the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine giving individuals, especially those with a genuine fear of needles, another option.

In making the announcement, National Immunisation Manager – Tecla Jn Baptiste observed that the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine would be available as a single primary vaccination dose for individuals 18 years and older.

Jn Baptiste said it is available as a single booster and has authorisation for use as a ‘Mix & Match booster dose’ following the completion of a primary series with a different COVID-19 vaccine such as Pfizer or AstraZeneca.

“This is the opportunity to become fully vaccinated with only one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, within a short space of time, especially ahead of the festive season,” the senior health official observed.

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According to Jn Baptiste, the Janssen vaccine, like others approved by the World Health Organization, has undergone rigorous testing and review. She said the regulatory authorities had found it to be safe.

” It is safe and effective at protecting people from the extremely serious risks of COVID-19 and can be administered to people with known medical conditions associated with increased risk of severe disease,” she explained.

Jn Baptiste mentioned hypertension, chronic lung disease, cardiac disease, obesity, and diabetes.

Regarding the vaccine’s effectiveness, Jn Baptiste explained that findings indicate a single dose had an efficacy of 66.8% against symptomatic moderate and severe COVID-19 infection; and 28 days after injection, it was 85.4% against severe disease and 93.1% against hospitalisation.

She said the most common reports of side effects associated with the vaccine are pain at the injection site, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, and nausea, occurring within 1 to 2 days following vaccination, and are mild to moderate, lasting 1 to 2 days.

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  1. I have family who work in Healthcare. One got covid twice. Was mild for her both times. Still working and is totally fine. She is also not vaxxed.
    I also know someone who got the vaxxed with two shots, got covid and ended up at the hospital.

  2. @gw, I have a couple extremely healthy friends who have gotten Covid-19 twice this year, not vaccinated and still have chest pains months later.

  3. is there anyone in here that is not vaccinated or have been and have gotten the virus twice? i am curious to know what the outcome was between the two

  4. ok correct me if i am wrong but is it me that cant read to understand cause i read and reread twice and saw that it says “Saint Lucia is now offering the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine giving individuals, especially those with a genuine fear of needles, another option.” but at the end it still says it is an injection so how is that going to help people with the fear of needles? i thought this was some sort of pill after reading the first sentence talking about those who fear needles, unless they are talking about its only a one time jab comparing to the previous vaccines where you have to take two.

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