Dr Diah Iskandriati: Even After Vaccination, the 3M Health Protocol Must Still Be Implemented

Derap Perempuan Kreatif Indonesia Peduli Bangsa (DPKIPB) held a webinar discussing the topic of the use, effectiveness, safety and availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. The webinar invited two speakers, Prof. Dr. Ali Ghufron Mukti, Chancellor of Trisaksi University as well as Chair of the COVID-19 Research Consortium and Dr. drh Diah Iskandriati (Researcher at the Primate Animal Study Center - Institute for Research and Community Service (PSSP - LPPM) IPB University.

"Many people want to know about whether or not vaccines produced abroad are safe. On the other hand, we also hear that Indonesia has been able to make its own vaccines. The public wants to be enlightened regarding the availability and access to the vaccine,” said the Head of DPK IPB, Prof. Dr. Aida Vitayala Hubeis.

Meanwhile, Prof. Dr. Dodik Ridho Nurrochmat, Deputy Chancellor for Cooperation and Information Systems of IPB University as well as Chair of the IPB University COVID-19 Task Force in his remarks said that IPB University had carried out a scenario in welcoming offline teaching and learning activities.

"There are three considerations in implementing offline teaching and learning activities. First, consideration of the student's area of origin. Second, preparation of the campus environment and student residences. Third, consideration of risks for lecturers and educational staff. The tracing system will also be implemented through the mobile application, "said Prof. Dodi Ridho.

On this occasion, Dr. drh Diah Iskandriati said that as of December 6, the World Health Organization (WHO) had 52 COVID-19 vaccine candidates in the clinical trial stage. As many as 13 of them have reached stage three. Regarding the criteria for an effective vaccine, Dr. Diah said that an effective vaccine must be safe, protective for a long period, has the ability to induce antibodies that can neutralize the virus, be biologically stable, easy to apply, and cheap in the production process.

In addition, she continued, like other vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine also has side effects such as low-grade fever and pain or redness in needle marks. She also said that vaccination efforts will have an impact on the pandemic depending on the effectiveness of the vaccine and the vaccination process, how quickly the vaccine is produced and reproduced, and how many people are vaccinated.
"After being vaccinated, it does not mean that health protocols can be ignored. It is also a factor in the success of vaccination against the pandemic. So even after vaccination, we still have to apply 3M, namely wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining a safe distance, " concluded Dr. Diah. (IAAS/ELS)


Published Date : 14-Dec-2020

Resource Person : Dr drh Diah Iskandriati

Keyword : COVID-19, Pandemic, WHO, Vaccines, Viruses, COVID-19 vaccines