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More than 350 health workers have been infected with COVID-19 in Indonesia and dozens have been hospitalized after being vaccinated with China’s Sinovac vaccine, officials said.

Badai Ismoyo, head of the Kudus district health unit in central Java, said most health workers were asymptomatic and self-isolating at home, but dozens were still in hospital with poor health. high fevers and falling oxygen saturation levels.

The outbreak occurred as the region battled an outbreak believed to be due to the highly contagious Delta variant.

Health workers, who have been designated as a priority group, were among the first to become eligible in Indonesia to receive COVID-19 vaccines when the vaccination campaign began in January.

More than 350 health officials in Indonesia have tested positive for COVID-19 despite having been vaccinated.
More than 350 health officials in Indonesia have tested positive for COVID-19 despite having been vaccinated.
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Central Java is grappling with an outbreak believed to be caused by the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19.
Central Java is grappling with an outbreak believed to be caused by the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) said the results show that Sinovac’s vaccine prevented symptomatic illness in 51 percent of recipients.

But the latest cases come amid concerns about the effectiveness of some vaccines against new variants.

“The data shows they have the Delta variant (in Kudus), so it’s no surprise that the breakthrough infection is higher than before, because as we know the majority of health workers in Indonesia have had Sinovac, and we still don’t yet know how effective it is in the real world against the Delta variant, ”said Dicky Budiman, epidemiologist at Griffith University in Australia.

Healthcare workers put on personal protective equipment before treating patients in Indonesia.
Healthcare workers put on personal protective equipment before treating patients in Indonesia.
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A healthcare worker seen at a hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia on June 17, 2021.
A health worker at a hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 17, 2021.
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Dr Prijo Sidipratomo, a radiologist in Jakarta, said he was aware of at least half a dozen doctors who had been hospitalized with COVID-19 in the past month.

“This is alarming for us because we cannot rely on vaccinations alone,” he said, adding that healthcare professionals should continue to take other precautions.

With post wires

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