BANDUNG, unpas.ac.id – To support government’s efforts to suppress the spread Covid-19, Universitas Pasundan held a third-dose vaccination (booster) at the Hall of Unpas Campus II, Jalan Tamansari no. 4-8, Bandung, on Tuesday, 8 March 2022.
Unpas is taking collaboration with Kodam III/Siliwangi, West Java Regional Disaster Management Agency (Badan Penanggulangan Bencana Daerah, BPBD) and West Java Disaster Preparedness Joint Post. This vaccination program is intended for employees, families, outsourced workers and students.
Unpas Vice Rector III Dr. H. Deden Ramdan, M.Sc, as head of the program said that Unpas has provided approximately 1000 doses of AstraZeneca booster vaccines.
“This program is Unpas’ effort to increase individual protection by maintaining immunity and extending the period of protection from Covid-19 threat, especially now when Omicron-variant has also hit the world,” he said.
This program also supports government’s program which has been set in January 2022; the booster vaccine was also launched as clinical protection against the Covid-19 virus.
“The decrease in the effectiveness of dose-1 and dose-2 vaccine can lead to weakness in body’s resistance. For that, booster vaccines are very necessary because we are not always in a fit condition,” he said.
There are at least four benefits of giving booster vaccines, including preventing Covid-19 infection, maintaining immune levels, strengthening antibodies that have been built, and extending the period of protection from the virus.
“AstraZeneca was chosen as a booster because it is considered to be having the highest level of effectiveness,” he said.
In this booster vaccination program, most participants were Sinovac vaccine recipients. Participants must receive the second dose of vaccine at least 6 months in advance and be above 18 years of age.
“Many think that they are safe after being vaccinated, even though the virus can still mutate over time, making the vaccine they receive less effective. Do not underestimate it, because the possibility of exposure is still high,” he said.
He hopes that this activity could run smoothly and the vaccines given are able to strengthen the body’s immune system. “Hopefully it can support the implementation of daily tasks and activities,” he hoped. (Reta)*