The director of the Gamaleya Center, Alexander Gintsburg, assessed the level of immunity that occurs after vaccination against coronavirus in adults and adolescents. In his opinion, the immunity of a teenager vaccinated with “Sputnik M” will not be lower than that of a vaccinated adult, reports TASS.
According to the scientist, the body responds to vaccination in about the same way. “The number of antibodies that our immune system will produce for different amounts of the same amount of antigens will be the same,” said Gunzburg.
At the same time, according to the expert, 17-year-olds should not wait until they come of age in order to get vaccinated with an adult vaccine; this should be done now.
The Ministry of Health registered the Sputnik M vaccine on November 24 this year. It is intended for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 inclusive. In this version of the vaccine, the amount of active ingredient is reduced by five times. The instructions for the drug say that immunity after the vaccine was formed in 93.2% of the volunteers.
To vaccinate children under 15 years old, the consent of a parent or legal representative is required, and from 15 years old, a teenager will be able to make this decision on his own.