Dr. Ricardo González-Fisher is considering whether people who have natural immunity from having COVID-19 should be vaccinated and boosted.
COLORADO, USA – As mask mandates end in Colorado and many people are now able to walk to bars, restaurants, schools and work without having to wear a mask, some experts still warn against failing our guard.
‘Even though we are starting to have these mandates [end] locally, nationwide, nationwide and worldwide, it is not like we are out of the woods yet, “said Dr. Ricardo González-Fisher.
In this week’s segment, Dr. Ricardo González-Fisher of Servicios de la Raza and 9NEWS Watch anchor Chris Bianchi on natural immunity and the consequences of not being vaccinated when infected with COVID-19, as well as what Coloradans should do with the solution restrictions throughout the state.
9NEWS: When do mask orders end in Colorado, what’s your overall opinion on that?
Gonzalez-Fisher: This is the result of having 65% of the population of Colorado vaccinated, plus a high percentage of people who have natural immunity at the same time because they got an infection with the omicron variant that was not serious. Or even if it was serious, they still have some kind of antibodies that were developed there.
So this brought us in a way to get a moment, maybe a few months, two or three months, of herd immunity. We have wanted to have that since the beginning.
What is herd immunity?
Gonzalez-Fisher: When you have herd immunity, if I’m infected and I join a group of 100 people, maybe 85% will have antibodies and will not get infected, and my infection will not create a public health problem. Just as it will happen if they are not vaccinated or if they are not immune.
So one thing is, you have masks, save them. We’ll be using them again.
If you have natural immunity from already having COVID-19, do you still need to be vaccinated or boosted?
Gonzalez-Fisher: Individuals who had their immunity by being infected with COVID but were not vaccinated and then became ill with the omicron variant had a worse prognosis or poorer clinical course than those infected with the omicron variant with two or three doses of vaccines.
Which tells us that despite having developed antibodies, due to a natural infection, they are not as long-lasting, or of as good quality or as effective as those obtained with the vaccine. Therefore, we need to continue to insist that people apply their first dose or their vaccine booster.
According to Gonzalez-Fisher, tsnakes that have two doses of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine have a better response or less risk of becoming infected than those who do not.
“But more importantly, they have a lower risk of having a serious infection or being on intensive care or even dying from the disease,” he said.
Gonzalez-Fisher said that when comparing “this group of two vaccines with those that had a booster,” the difference is greater, and “it is better, and it is advisable to have three doses instead of two.”
“And the other thing that I want people to consider is that we learned a lot of things during the pandemic,” he added. “We must not forget to wash our hands, we must not forget to clean our surfaces, we must not forget to keep a certain social distance because there are other infections we can transmit.”
According to the state dashboarda total of 75.1% of Colorado’s population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but the Hispanic population has continued to the lowest vaccination rate in the state sits at 39.10%.
In a former ArticleDr. Gonzalez-Fisher said it is a combination of things that make it challenging for some people to get vaccinated.
“About 42% of the people we serve are uninsured, and this is one of the things that has some impact on them,” Gonzalez-Fisher said. “The second part is that many of the people we serve are monolingual Spanish speakers, they do not understand the system. They are frontline workers who do not have permission from their employers to go to get a vaccine sometimes, and there is a lot distrust of the system. “
La Raza Servicesthe state’s largest nonprofit serving Latinos continues to work to bring more resources and information about COVID-19 to Colorado residents who are the hardest to reach.
The organization offers a clinic with extended opening hours every Tuesday from kl.
This weekend, Servicios will be hosting a mobile clinic in conjunction with Mexican Consulate in Denver known as Ventanilla de Salud and Greeley. They are there on Saturday 26 February from 9 am to 3 pm and on Sunday 27 February from 9 am to 12 noon. Salida del Sol Academy located at 111 East 26th Street.
Ventanilla de Salud offers clinics on an ongoing basis every Tuesday from 9.00 to kl. 13.00
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