Tag: covid-19

Who should take Paxlovid?

Who should take Paxlovid?

Paxlovid is a drug that is approved under emergency use for the treatment of Covid-19 infection. However, this drug is not for everyone who has the Covid-19 infection because it has quite a number of side effects. At the same time, this drug has not fully completed the necessary clinical trials and is not approved by the US FDA.

So, if not for everyone, then who should take Paxlovid?

Click here for the details.

I have hypertension and diabetes. Should I sign up for the Covid-19 vaccine?

I have hypertension and diabetes. Should I sign up for the Covid-19 vaccine?

This is a very frequently asked question. Many lay people seem to believe that if one has pre-existing medical condition(s), such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, etc, then one is not suitable to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

This believe is inaccurate, and is in fact the reverse of what doctors have been advising. We have consistently been saying that people with pre-existing medical conditions, especially if they are above 60 years old, are at a higher risk of getting severe Covid if they should be unfortunate enough to be infected, and may end up in ICU or even death. As such, this group of people are especially likely to benefit from the Covid-19 vaccine.

Therefore, the logical thing to do is to get this group of people vaccinated as soon as possible, regardless of which type of vaccines one may be getting.

What you should know when signing up for the AstraZeneca vaccine

What you should know when signing up for the AstraZeneca vaccine

Here is a good write-up about what you need to know about the AstraZeneca (AZ) Covid-19 vaccine to help you decide whether you would like to sign up for it or not.

Click here for the article. Pay particular attention to the section on the possibility of blood clots as a side-effect.

In summary, the risk of a blood clot is very, very small. This blood clot risk decreases with increasing age, which is why the AZ vaccine is recommended only for those above 60 years old in some countries. However, there are also other countries that have not recommended the use of this vaccine at all for their populations.

The final decision is yours. No one can make this decision for you. Not even your doctor. If you feel that the benefits outweigh the risks, especially in this current surge, then go for it. If you feel otherwise, then don’t.

I have allergy. Can I take the Covid-19 vaccine?

I have allergy. Can I take the Covid-19 vaccine?

This is a well-written and well-researched article by Dr. Amar Singh, and would be of great interest for those who have history of allergy and are considering taking the Covid-19 vaccine.

As we implement the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, those of us who are healthcare professionals have numerous friends and acquaintances asking us about the safety of the Covid-19 vaccines.

In particular, is the issue of the risk of taking the vaccine if we have a history of allergies. It is recognised that some individuals get a rare, serious side effect, for example, a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.

Anaphylaxis can occur after taking a drug, from a bee sting, eating some food item, etc, and not just vaccines. We often never know who is going to react in this way.

Click here for the complete article.

What you need to know about (Covid-19) vaccines

What you need to know about (Covid-19) vaccines

There are a lot of news now about the Covid-19 vaccines. They are many different types coming into the market. This means that the different vaccines are made differently using specific methods, and therefore their safety profiles and efficacy are different as well.

To understand the Covid-19 vaccines better, it is useful to know:

  1. How vaccines are made or what are the different methods available in making a vaccine
  2. What are the clinical trials of vaccines so that you can understand what is meant by preclinical, phase 1, phase 2, phase 3 and phase 4 trials.
  3. Types of Covid-19 vaccines (see a simple summary in the image below)
  4. All you want to know about the Malaysian Covid-19 vaccine programme and when you can expect to be vaccinated