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A puzzle for high school graduates: which COVID-19 vaccine would least interfere with exams?


Graduates are vaccinated in order of priority

Back in late March the government agreed, so that not only all teachers and staff who have direct contact with pupils or students, but also graduates are vaccinated with public funds as a matter of priority, in order to ensure their return to school as safely and quickly as possible.

The Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (MESM), by encouraging young people leaving school to be vaccinated, account on Facebook began to publish the thoughts of students from various Lithuanian schools about why they were vaccinated.

One of these would be to allow graduates to return to school and prepare for maturity exams, not by looking at a computer screen at home, but by being in the classroom and communicating live with the teacher.

“Currently, the aim is to get vaccinated for the first time as soon as possible and as many graduates as possible, and the Government could consider returning graduates to prepare for exams live,” 15min said Dainor Lukas, Adviser to the Minister of Education, Science and Sports.

Julius Kalinskas / 15min photo / Exam premises in Vilnius “Minties” gymnasium

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Graduates have the right to choose the vaccine if possible. Currently used in Lithuania three vaccines, developed by Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca, all in two doses.

The second dose of Comirnaty, developed by US and German companies Pfizer and BioNTech, should be vaccinated after 21 days, Moderna by the US company Moderna after 28 days, and Vaxzevria by the British and Swedish company AstraZeneca together with the University of Oxford. after 4-12 weeks.

It is the time between two doses of Vaxzevria that can cause problems for students.

It is better to get vaccinated not just before the exam

“I am trying to convince our government that graduates are probably the most rational to vaccinate with an mRNA-based vaccine – Pfizer or Moderna,” Vilnius University professor Vytautas Usonis said during a remote consultation in Russian on Tuesday at the SMS.

The ministry has two consultations for graduates, their parents and teachers Polish at Russian languages ​​in response to complaints of a lack of information on vaccinations for national minorities. Previously, such a consultation was held and lietuviškai.

I am trying to convince our government that graduates are probably most rational to vaccinate with an mRNA-based vaccine – Pfizer or Moderna, V. Usonis said.

V.Usonis argued his proposal by saying that the maturity exams take place in June: red. past.), mid-May… “

In this case, graduates could fully prepare for exams, participate in consultations, meet teachers without major restrictions already in the middle of May. Other vaccines are also suitable, but, for example, a second dose of Vaxzevria should only be given in mid-June.

Screenshot  from YouTube / Prof.  Vytautas Usonis advises graduates to be vaccinated with mRNA-based vaccines

Screenshot from YouTube / Prof. Vytautas Usonis advises graduates to be vaccinated with mRNA-based vaccines

“Where will that graduate or high school graduate be in mid-June? The doctor asked rhetorically. – It has nothing to do with talking about side effects or that someone prefers red and someone else prefers green or some other box. Such are purely practical considerations. “

According to V.Usonis, this is important because after the vaccination may occur side effects, such as pain, fever, chills. Therefore, the vaccination should be given at least a few days in advance: “It is better that the exam is not the next day if you have been ill at night.

Adenovirus vaccines the second dose is increased more easily. Here’s the difference. The second dose of mRNA is ‘worse’. But it will be a month later, there will still be time for consultations and exams. In contrast to the adenovirus vaccine, the first dose is ‘worse’ and the second is ‘softer’.

In any case, when thinking about the optimal preparation of graduates for exams, it is better to plan it to be at least a week before or after the exams. “

But the professor acknowledged that his proposal only made sense with all three vaccines and a choice. “If I have one today, all my considerations will be meaningless, because even after the first dose of adenovirus-based vaccine, there will be protection for exams,” he stressed.

Another option is to inject a second dose of Vaxzevria after the tests. Especially since AstraZeneca and Oxford University say that injecting a second dose closer to the end of the term produces an even better immune response.

When thinking about the optimal preparation of graduates for exams, it is better to plan it to be at least a week before or after the exams.

You will be allowed to take exams without vaccination

“V.Usonis’ concern is understandable,” said D. Lukas. – Graduates have the option to choose vaccines, but not all three vaccines are always available at vaccination centers. In this case, it is important that only after the first Vaxzevria vaccine is there a stronger response. “

According to him, all decisions on the vaccination process are in the hands of SAM and municipalities. “It is important that municipalities make sure that graduates receive the first vaccination as soon as possible. Further decisions on their return may be made based on the results of the vaccination, “the Minister’s Adviser noted.

More than 27 thousand people registered for exams this year. persons. There are more than 22,000 graduates, others have graduated earlier.

The main maturity exam session should start on June 7th. Lithuanian language and literature exam (state and school), ending on July 2. state physics exam. A repeat session is scheduled for July 20th.

Julius Kalinskas / 15min photo / Exam premises in Vilnius

Julius Kalinskas / 15min photo / Exam premises in Vilnius “Minties” gymnasium

As D.Lukas pointed out, everyone will be able to take the exams, including those who will not be vaccinated for one reason or another. “In any case, the usual security measures will be maintained during the exams: distances, masks and the like,” the interviewee said.

Aims to vaccinate by mid-April

Julijanas Gališanskis, the chief specialist of the SAM Press Service, also pointed out that graduates, like all vaccinees, can choose the vaccine. Vaccination centers can advise them on which vaccine and which vaccination interval is best for a particular situation.

A review of clinical trials with Vaxzevria shows that the maximum effectiveness of the vaccine is seen when the second dose of the vaccine is given 9 to 12 weeks after the first dose, he recalled. – In view of this, SAM recommends a maximum interval of 12 weeks between the first and second injection.

However, vaccination centers may administer a second dose at intervals of 4 to 12 weeks, taking into account the timing of examinations for graduates and other relevant circumstances. “

According to J.Gališanskis, it is planned to vaccinate graduates with the first dose by mid-April.

Minister of Health Arūnas Dulkys during a press conference on Tuesday saidthat cooperation with the SMSM be coordinated and coordinated so that the second vaccination procedure does not coincide with the examinations.

Photo by Arno Strumila / 15min / Arūnas Dulkys

Photo by Arno Strumila / 15min / Arūnas Dulkys

A detailed vaccination plan is provided website koronastop.lrv.lt.

The later, the more efficient

Studies show that Vaxzevria not only protects against severe COVID-19 and hospitalization, but also that the second dose is as effective as possible at the latest.

As a result of the uncertainty surrounding the blood clots in people who have been vaccinated with the vaccine and the suspicion that they are at higher risk, young people in the United Kingdom have been told that it should not be given to young people, especially those under the age of 30.

The European Medicines Agency has investigated cases of blood clots on Wednesday announcedthat these are possible rare side effects, but the benefits of the vaccine against COVID-19 outweigh the potential risks.

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please send them to our editorial staff by e-mail. email address [email protected]



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