Author: Charmaine Gauci

Can vaccinated individuals still suffer from the long-term effects of COVID-19 that we’ve heard so much about? – Daniel D’Agostino Most people who are infected with COVID-19 get better within weeks of the illness. However, some people experience post-COVID conditions or the  so-called long-haul symptoms. These conditions can have different types and combinations of health problems for different lengths of time. COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to significantly reduce infections as well as the risk of severe consequences of the  illness, including hospitalisation and death. That means that, if a fully vaccinated person does become infected, the illness is much…

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Do the vaccines work against the different COVID-19 variants? – Francesca Mallia Based on studies, the vaccines authorised in the EU provide protection against variants circulating in the EU, including the alpha (UK B.1.1.7) and the delta variant (Indian or B.1.617.2). Two doses of Vaxzevria, Comirnaty or Moderna provide protection against both symptomatic disease as well as hospitalisation caused by variants circulating in the EU, including the alpha, beta and the delta variant. The same applies for one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Is there a risk that the virus mutates quicker in populations where only one dose of…

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All COVID-19 vaccines in use at the moment have been granted a special licence by the EMA, a conditional marketing authorisation, because as yet the clinical data available, especially for long-term effects, is not comprehensive. Is there a body to which GPs and other medical professionals are encouraged to report symptoms which they encounter in patients that might be related to the vaccines? – Noel Tanti Before COVID-19 vaccines were granted an EU marketing authorisation, the efficacy and safety of the vaccine were assessed through pre-clinical studies and large clinical trials. Like all medicines, these vaccines can cause side effects,…

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Next week, we are invited for dinner at a venue to celebrate the First Holy Communion of a relative. The invitations are extended to several relatives of the child. The host assured us that we shall be seated at tables according to protocol. Is this allowed? – Lorraine Micallef In accordance with LN224 of 2021, organised mass events (amendment No. 3) regulations, 2021, all organised events shall be prohibited except for religious events and weddings and the latter may only be held in strict adherence with the standards published by the Superintendent of Public Health.  Catering establishments, including restaurants, need…

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