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'Age should be most important criterion when rolling out next phase of vaccines'

13 April 2021 5:21 PM
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Covid-19 vaccine rollout
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The CEO of the DG Murray Trust, David Harrison, says the elderly should be prioritised as South Africa prepares for the second phase of the vaccine rollout.

Harrison has written an opinion piece on the Daily Maverick arguing that age is the most important factor to consider in the vaccine queue.

He says the elderly population is at a much higher risk of severe Covid-19 infection and death.

RELATED: South Africa's elderly should be vaccinated before other groups - B4SA

If South Africa's government wants to combat severe Covid-19 cases and reduce the number of hospitalisations and deaths, Harrison says older people should be inoculated first.

He tells CapeTalk host John Maytham that age will be by far the best proxy of risk, coming before comorbidities.

RELATED: 'Western Cape to start vaccinating over-60s in May'

I absolutely agree with the age-based approach to sequencing.

Dr David Harrison, CEO - DG Murray Trust

The intention is to start with those 60 and above and it absolutely makes sense.

Dr David Harrison, CEO - DG Murray Trust

In the short-term, the most immediate aim must be to stop severe disease and to reduce the number of hospitalisations and deaths... That has to be done right now, in the next six months.

Dr David Harrison, CEO - DG Murray Trust

The people who are filling the hospitals and who are dying are largely older people.

Dr David Harrison, CEO - DG Murray Trust

If we're going to line everybody up in the country from highest risk to lowest risk, the first people in the queue would definitely be the elderly, and only about one-third of the way down the queue would people with isolated comorbidities start to factor.

Dr David Harrison, CEO - DG Murray Trust

In terms of determining the allocation of vaccines at a very high level, age should be the determinant

Dr David Harrison, CEO - DG Murray Trust

Listen to the discussion on Afternoon Drive with John Maytham:




13 April 2021 5:21 PM
Tags:
age
Covid-19 vaccine rollout
vaccine rollout

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