Jakarta (ANTARA) – Vaccination is essential to reduce the risk of death during exposure to COVID-19, spokesperson for COVID-19 vaccinations at the Ministry of Health, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, has stressed.
“Results of research on sample data from Sulianti Saroso Hospital, a referral hospital in Jakarta, of COVID-19 patients (admitted) in the intensive care ward show that vaccination is very important to reduce the risk of infection,” Tarmizi said in a written statement received here on Sunday.
Of 12 samples obtained from COVID-19 patients whose condition was severe or critical, six patients, or the equivalent of 50 percent, had not been vaccinated, she said. Three of the unvaccinated patients who required intensive care died, she added.
“The data shows that vaccination is important to reduce the risk of the worst case of COVID-19, which is mortality. The elderly, children, people with comorbidities and unvaccinated people, we must pay attention to these four groups because they become the most disadvantaged victims of this period of COVID-19 (pandemic),” said Tarmizi.
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She also shared more data showing that patients’ comorbidities greatly affect the level of morbidity, saying diagnostic data showed that all deceased patients had comorbidities.
“Complications from comorbidities and COVID-19 infection are very life-threatening to a patient,” she said.
Not only patients who died, but all patients treated in intensive care units had at least one comorbidity, Tarimizi said.
Even though those vaccinated mostly show mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, the community should pay attention to those who are more vulnerable when infected, she said.
In addition, she stressed that completing vaccination is essential to prevent the risk of serious illness or even death from COVID-19.
“Especially for the elderly and people with comorbidities, they should get vaccinated soon. When it’s time to do the booster, immediately join the booster,” the spokesperson said.
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