Doctors are watching new information that says a single dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine could provide 80 to 85 percent protection.
“If so, it can change politics,” said Dr. Steve Stites, Chief Medical Officer, University of Kansas Health Systems. It could be a game changer, he added. He discussed the information at a KU Health System press conference on Friday morning.
FDA emergency approval for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines requires two shots.
“We need this vaccine supply to increase,” said Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director for infection prevention and control. “If the Johnson and Johnson vaccine dates prove effective and safe, it will increase supply. We really have to give it to anyone who can get the vaccine. “
Some people are concerned because vaccines don’t stop 100 percent of the disease, he said.
“What it does is virtually eliminate death and almost completely eliminate hospitalizations for these serious illnesses, especially in these very vulnerable populations,” said Dr. Hawkinson.
The 80 to 85 percent protection was published as correspondence in The Lancet Medical Journal, but has not yet been the subject of a detailed study by a randomized group, said Dr. Stites. It was a comparison of more than 7,000 hospital workers in Israel who, according to doctors, were likely younger and healthier than the general population. A letter about it was also published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Hawkinson said double the single dose for Pfizer and Moderna is likely to be a moving target and the debate will continue on that.
If you are on Pfizer or Moderna now, it is recommended that you have the second dose in order to achieve optimal immunity.
“Right now, two shots are the way to go,” said Dr. Stites. But they want to take a closer look at new information that will spark more debate, he said.
If it’s 80 to 85 percent effective, part of the vaccine that was made for the second dose could be assigned to other people as the first dose to get more people vaccinated faster. Second doses can then be given at a later time as the vaccine supply increases.
“I think we need to really dig deep into this question,” said Dr. Stites. In the race against time, for their own health, and also in the race against variants, they need to take a closer look at whether it is better to get one dose than two doses in advance, knowing that they have to come on that second one later Dose back, he said.
They are currently developing the data to find the answer, said Dr. Hawkinson.
According to the doctors, the number of acute inpatient COVID-19 patients in the KU health system increased again on Friday with 38 active inpatients.
Dr. Hawkinson said he hopes it’s only a 14-day high and that it will shift a little.
According to Dr. Hawkinson, the case numbers and hospital stays in Greater Kansas City are still quite low.
There are still very few variants in the United States and they will continue to monitor them, he said. The British B-117 variant was most commonly found in the US, and its numbers are still pretty low, he said. The variant is said to spread faster and is more deadly than the original COVID-19 in the US.
COVID-19 case numbers reported
According to Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director of infection prevention and control, the total number of active and recovering COVID-19 patients on the University of Kansas health system was 72 on Friday, three more than since Thursday. There were 38 active COVID-19 patients in the hospital, an increase of five from Thursday. Ten of those patients were in intensive care, an increase of two since Thursday. Four of them were equipped with ventilators, an increase of two since Thursday. An additional 34 patients have been hospitalized for COVID-19 outside the acute phase, a decrease of two since Thursday.
According to the Unified Government’s COVID-19 website, Wyandotte County reported an increase of 15 COVID-19 cases on Friday, February 19. There were a total of 17,452 cases. A total of 263 deaths have been reported, an increase of 1 since Thursday.
The Mid-America Regional Council’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 154,653 cumulative COVID-19 cases on Friday. The daily average of new hospital admissions was 94.
The state of Kansas reported 290,832 COVID-19 cases nationwide on Friday, up from 2,115 cases since Wednesday, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Another 93 deaths were reported, for a total of 4,614.
The Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 dashboard reported 28,006,110 cases in the US as of Friday evening, with 495,804 deaths nationwide.
COVID-19 tests are scheduled for Saturday
The Pierson Community Center’s COVID-19 test site at 831 S. 55th is open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 20, according to the website www.gogettested.com/Kansas. Appointments should be made on the website.
The government’s COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites are slated to open on Monday. Those looking for vaccinations must have an appointment, while those looking for COVID-19 tests can come in and get a test kit.
The Unified Government Health Department’s COVID-19 testing site in the former Kmart building on 78th and State is open on Monday, February 22nd, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointments are required for COVID-19 tests on Monday. At https://www.facebook.com/UGHealthDept you can find out if there are any changes to the schedule.
The health department is offering saliva COVID-19 tests to the public.
Department of Health tests are free to those who live or work in Wyandotte County.
The tests are open to both asymptomatic people and people who have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. Check the UG Ministry of Health’s Facebook page for changes to the schedule. Bring something that shows that you live or work in Wyandotte County, such as: B. an electricity bill.
Wyandotte County residents interested in a COVID-19 vaccine can complete a survey form with the UG Health Department at https://us.openforms.com/Form/2f2bcc68-3b6a-450b-9007-d39819db6572. Residents will be contacted to schedule an appointment once the vaccine is available. The health department is currently vaccinating critical employees with high contact as well as residents over 65 years of age.
You can find test pages at https://wyandotte-county-covid-19-hub-unifiedgov.hub.arcgis.com/pages/what-to-do-if-you-think-you-have-covid-19.
Saliva tests are now offered in the UG Health Department. You can find more information at https://alpha.wycokck.org/files/assets/public/health/documents/covid/02042021-ugphd-saliva-testing-available.pdf.
The KU doctors’ press conference is online at https://www.facebook.com/kuhospital/videos/769421427321355.
The University of Kansas Health System’s COVID-19 update page is located at https://www.kansashealthsystem.com/patient-visitor/covid19-update.
For more information on how Wyandotte County residents over 85 can get a vaccine on the Department of Health’s website, visit https://alpha.wycokck.org/files/assets/public/health/documents/covid/02032021_wycovaccinationsage85.pdf.
Vaccine dates for the state of Kansas can be found at https://www.kansasvaccine.gov/158/Data.
Cards and letters of encouragement for KU health care providers can be sent to Share Joy, Patient Relationship Care, 4000 Cambridge St., Mailstop 1021, Kansas City, Kansas, 66160. Emails can be sent to ShareJoy@kumc.edu.
Wyandotte County has a mandatory mask and social distancing regime.
The UG COVID-19 website is located at https://alpha.wycokck.org/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Information.
The KDHE’s COVID-19 website can be found at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/.
The KC Region’s COVID-19 Hub Dashboard is located at https://marc2.org/covidhub/.
The Wyandotte County page on the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 website is located at https://bao.arcgis.com/covid-19/jhu/county/20209.html.
The Johns Hopkins Data in Motion, a presentation on critical COVID-19 data over the past 24 hours, can be found at https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/covid-19-daily-video.