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The Health Ministry (HM) informs that as of 5th of August, out of 416,614 persons vaccinated in North Macedonia with two doses of vaccine against COVID-19, 167 persons got infected 14 days after they received a second dose, and only 11 of them were hospitalized.

“This is an indicator that the number of people infected among the vaccinated is very small, which is confirmation that the vaccine is useful i.e. it is the only way for the picture of the pandemic to be changed,” stated the press release issued by the Health Minister.

According to the last analysis in the period from 1st until31st of July, a total of 809 cases of people who tested positive to COVID-19 was registered, and out of them, 82 persons were registered with an infection after more than 14 days after the vaccination with a second dose had passed. This is indicating that the vaccine is efficient only when two doses were received and when more than 14 days have passed after the second dose, stressed the Health Ministry.

“Only 10% of all active cases in July got infected with COVID after they received a second dose. Among the positive cases, there are people vaccinated with Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Pfizer, and among them there are people vaccinated abroad with Moderna vaccine,” informed the Health Ministry.

The Health Ministry pleaded that during this period it is important for the citizens to show greater interest in vaccination and to vaccinate themselves since only with a collective immunity we will be able to prevent the mutation of the SarsCov2 virus and its rapid spreading. In North Macedonia, the dominant variant is the British, but it has to be taken into account the fact of the rapid spread of the delta variant, both in the world and the region. So far, 30 cases of delta variant infections were registered in North Macedonia.

The Health Ministry state that the country has enough vaccines for those that want to vaccinate themselves. At the moment, North Macedonia for the first dose against COVID-19 has at its disposal 80,000 Sinovac doses, 50,000 AstraZeneca doses and 70,000 Pfizer vaccines.