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Phuket study confirms subdermal injections using less vaccine more effective as boost jabs


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The announcement was made at Vachira Phuket Hospital this afternoon (Sept 15). Photo: PR Phuket

 

PHUKET: Phuket health officials will use only 20% of the standard vaccine dose of AstraZeneca for the third-dose ‘booster shots’ and will administer the vaccine doses as subdermal injections, not intramuscular injections, to boost the recipient’s immunity.

 

The move follows a study conducted by medical officers at Vachira Phuket Hospital, hospital director Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol explained at a press conference at the hospital this afternoon (Sept 15).

 

Joining the conference were the hospital’s Epidemiologist, Dr Withita Jaeng-iam, along with DEPA Phuket office Manager Pracha Asawathira and Phuket Tourist Association President Bhummikitti Ruktaengam.

 

Full Story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-study-confirms-subdermal-injections-using-less-vaccine-more-effective-as-boost-jabs-81413.php

 

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9 minutes ago, beechbum said:

I wonder if any other medical institute around the world have discovered this......or just Phuket.

Subdermal injections were used almost exclusively for the smallpox vaccine...this is not new science

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12 hours ago, tonray said:

On the other hand:

"Subcutaneous injections can lead to localized cellulitis, granuloma formation and access.

The Covid-19 vaccine has shown to have high efficacy if given correctly intramuscularily."

https://pm.bmj.com/content/97/1148/400

But nothing beats "thainess" medical practice.

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14 hours ago, tonray said:

Good article, but refers to a proof of concept; not a Study.

it should also be noted that:
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Readers should therefore be aware that articles on medRxiv have not been finalized by authors, might contain errors, and report information that has not yet been accepted or endorsed in any way by the scientific or medical community.

We also urge journalists and other individuals who report on medical research to the general public to consider this when discussing work that appears on medRxiv preprints and emphasize it has yet to be evaluated by the medical community and the information presented may be erroneous.
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So, by the looks of it, IF the people at the press conference presented this as their invention / research / study, it looks like they are stepping out of line. What they did is confirm that this proof of concept has merit.

IMHO, It will be rather unlikely that the Thai-FDA will take a decision to allow this treatment, based on the Phuket proof-of-concept alone.

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3 hours ago, Srikcir said:

On the other hand:

"Subcutaneous injections can lead to localized cellulitis, granuloma formation and access.

The Covid-19 vaccine has shown to have high efficacy if given correctly intramuscularily."

https://pm.bmj.com/content/97/1148/400

But nothing beats "thainess" medical practice.

Your link is not working. Please check at the source.

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On 9/15/2021 at 8:15 PM, tonray said:

Point taken, but for clarity AZ is not an mRNA vaccine.

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On 9/15/2021 at 8:25 PM, Bkk Brian said:

and of course this is the real reason why, from the article link:

 

“To return to normal life, the third dose of vaccine is very necessary, and in the situation that we have limited doses of vaccine, the subcutaneous injection using less amount of vaccine helps us achieve that goal faster,” she said. 

“This may be an important method to solve shortages of vaccine doses in many countries while the Delta variant is spreading,” Dr Withita concluded.

Indeed !

 

And if a valid reason ... and valid medically, and Thailand does nothing - how much do you want to bet that sometime in the future the forum cynics will be out in force, bashing Thailand for not acting upon their study.

 

For some - for Thailand, the Thailand actions are always lose lose from bad to very bad. 

 

Bashing Thailand is what the cynics look forward to doing.

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