They arrive by the dozen and with little conviction that they will have any health benefits from being vaccinated against COVID-19. On the contrary, some are prey to the fear of presenting a health complication once the biological is put on them.

Nevertheless, Most of those who are going to vaccination centers do so for fear of losing their jobs, and “forced” by a resolution of the Ministry of Public Health, 000048, issued on October 8, which establishes that as of next Monday, 18 of this month, the vaccination card with at least two doses against COVID-19 will be required throughout the Dominican territory to enter establishments of public use, such as schools and universities, shops and on public transport.

The measure seeks to maintain control of the disease caused by the coronavirus that to date has an upward trend, after a significant decrease in cases that was experienced until last month.

Just yesterday the Ministry of Public Health notified 520 new cases as a result of 3,530 samples processed for the first time, placing the positivity of the day at 14.73%. The accumulated of the last four weeks is 9.48%.

“My boss told me that I had to get vaccinated,” Juana Núñez, a 48-year-old woman who did not want to get the vaccine, told Diario Libre, because “she did not feel the desire to get that.”

This Wednesday, the lady went to the Olympic Center where one of the many points that the Government has throughout the country operates, and a first dose was applied. “I came because of the pressure. My boss told me I had to put it on and I put it on ”. The lady, a domestic worker, says that, although her employer was not threatening to her, she thought that if she did not get the vaccine, she could lose her job.

Similar motivations had the spouses Fabio Reyes and Yenifer Rodríguez, who went yesterday to the Santo Socorro hospital to get their anticovid vaccine.

“You know that when they started, there were many people who were falling for the vaccine,” Reyes said, but, when clarifying that no case of death related to vaccination has been reported in the country, then he becomes doubtful.

“I don’t know … the one who is going to be vaccinated should have a check-up, because there are people who have high blood sugar and they come and get vaccinated and the problem begins … that’s what I heard.” Yesterday, however, he decided to inoculate himself because “I’m working and they demanded that I have to get the vaccine.”

“I’m going to put it on because they are demanding it,” Rodríguez also commented, who like her husband thinks that before inoculating people they should check their blood pressure and blood sugar.

When asked why he had not been vaccinated, he says it is because he is afraid of him. “I’m really afraid of him, because there is Pfizer and Sinovac. I’m afraid it will give me a bad reaction ”. The woman works in customer service in a restaurant and understands that the vaccine can protect her against COVID-19, but her decision to apply it was made after one of her bosses asked her if she had been vaccinated. “I know that, if I say no, I still have to wear it,” he said, worrying about which brand of vaccine to apply.

In line with the spouses, a man who did not want to identify himself commented on the bad publicity that was done to the vaccine, especially on social networks.

“There were a lot of people who didn’t get vaccinated. I work with many people who told me: ‘I can’t get vaccinated because I’m scared’ ”.

The requirement of the card for spaces for public use, however, pushed many to take the step, and more than doubled the number of those who attend vaccination centers on a daily basis. In Santo Socorro, the person in charge of the center, Jeidy Pérez, assured that of the 150 people who came in one day, on Monday they vaccinated 440.

Lisbert Pérez Ortiz recounted a similar experience at the Olympic Center, because it strange to him that only last Saturday, one day after the Public Health resolution was issued, they inoculated 280 people, and another 365 on Sunday, when the previous weeks the number, During the weekends, there were no more than 80 vaccinated. Many are first-dose, and also some second-dose who had decided not to continue their two-dose schedule.

One of them is the young pregnant Daniela Rodríguez, who found out about her condition after applying the first dose, so she could not continue the scheme until now that her doctor recommended it.

Just yesterday, Public Health warned of an increase in cases of COVID-19 in pregnant women, with a total of 1,358 cases among them, 126 more than those notified the day before.

Another resource comes to the TSA

The Superior Administrative Court (TSA) was seized yesterday of another appeal that seeks the nullity of resolution number 000048, through which the Ministry of Public Health sends citizens to present their proof of the two doses of vaccination against COVID -19 to access public places. The documentation was deposited by Pastor Carlos Peña, president of the Generation of Servants Party (Gens). It considered that this ordinance limits the constitutional rights of Dominicans and also requested that they suspend the application of the resolution in a precautionary manner. Last Monday, lawyers Yan Carlos Martínez and Eli Saúl Barbi Castro filed an appeal with the TSA that also seeks to annul the resolution of the Ministry of Health. The measure establishes that as of Monday, October 18, 2021, the vaccination card with two doses is required for the entire population over 12 years of age to be able to attend public places.

Conabios approved protocols

The National Council of Bioethics in Health (Conabios) has evaluated a total of 592 research protocols and approved 520 during its 17 years of operation. Of the total, several are linked to protocols on HIV, vaccines, as well as studies related to COVID-19, their total in the last year.

Research on the disease caused by the coronavirus, studies on its impact on mental health in health personnel, molecular identification and on the immune response in chronic kidney patients stand out.

In a report on the occasion of its 17th anniversary, the Conabios, which is the regulatory body for biomedical research involving human beings in the Dominican Republic, details that in that period 13 protocols have been observed and 6 canceled by the sponsor. The institution also establishes that three investigation protocols have been temporarily suspended and another was permanently suspended.

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