MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
Vaccination against the new coronavirus infection COVID-19 with a two-component vaccine of domestic production “Sputnik-V” was received by 98.2 percent of the servicemen of the Northern Fleet. This means that all servicemen in the Navy have been vaccinated at least once who did not have medical contraindications to vaccination and did not have antibodies indicating a previous illness. This and other information about preventive measures to combat coronavirus was told to reporters by the acting head of the Northern Fleet’s medical service, Lieutenant Colonel of the medical service Andrei Zhdanov, during a briefing held at the Northern Fleet’s naval clinical hospital.
The situation with the incidence of a new coronavirus infection among servicemen in the Northern Fleet and in the Armed Forces in general, thanks to an active vaccination campaign, is minimal. The ratio of sick and recovered military personnel fluctuates around zero. This compares favorably with the statistics in the Northern Fleet from the regions in which its forces and troops are deployed. More than half a thousand cases of the disease are recorded every day in the Murmansk, Arkhangelsk regions and the Komi Republic, some of which are fatal. Military and civilian doctors are inclined to believe that the reason for this is the insufficiently responsible approach of sick citizens to maintaining their health and refusal to vaccinate.
Of the total number of cases in the Northern Fleet, not a single case of severe illness or death, which sometimes happened before the start of the vaccine, was registered in several months.
– The vaccine works! And it works effectively, – says the chief infectious disease specialist of the Northern Fleet, Lieutenant Colonel of the Medical Service Alexander Loborchuk.
“At present, all efforts are focused on revaccination,” said Andrei Zhdanov, Acting Chief of Medical Service of the Northern Fleet. “About 25 percent of the planned number has been revaccinated with the first component. Of the number that had to be vaccinated in October, we have 62 percent vaccinated with the first component and 27 percent with the second component.
Revaccination in the Northern Fleet is taking place at a rate of 350 to 550 people per day. Vaccinations are done in naval medical institutions and in first aid posts of military units.
The first to be revaccinated were the crews of ships and submarines, which had to carry out their assigned tasks at sea for a long time, as well as servicemen of units of constant combat readiness and those on alert. Also, first of all, medical workers who are at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus and representatives of the command staff receive vaccinations.
The stock of vaccines stored in the units of the Naval Clinical Hospital of the Northern Fleet is sufficient to provide revaccination of not only all military personnel and civilian specialists of the Northern Fleet, but also adult members of their families.
During the fight against the pandemic, the medical service of the Northern Fleet has repeatedly provided assistance to the civil health care system of the northern regions of Russia. Additional beds were deployed in the branches of the Naval Clinical Hospital, and medical oxygen was provided for critically ill civilians in the Arkhangelsk Region and the Komi Republic.
Today, additional places for 40 and 35 beds have been created in Murmansk and Severomorsk, respectively, to receive patients with coronavirus who require treatment in a hospital.
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