After being on the front lines of the battle against covid-19 for the last year, in the midst of intense community research work, Samar Guerrero, a doctor with a diploma from the Arnoldo Gabaldón Institute and a specialization in epidemiology, received the vaccine Sputnik V, and reacted positively to both doses.
With more than five years working in epidemic areas, a native of the state of Barinas and currently based on the island of Margarita in Nueva Esparta, participated in the house-to-house screening days in the Mariño municipality, and the hard work to control the pandemic is still continuing. in the island entity.
She began working to fight the pandemic since March of last year in the Department of Epidemiology of the Asic 3 in the community approaches that were carried out in the Porlamar parish, where she had the task of taking blood samples from repatriated nationals, private freedom, also visited different areas to capture positive cases of covid.
The battle has been strong, she has had to cry, laugh, share, learn and she assures that it has allowed her to grow much more as a professional. She has also seen things that she never imagined living; it is the first pandemic she has faced since working in her chosen specialty.
Currently, Samar is one of the more than 90.000 health workers who to date have been immunized against the disease in the national territory. The first dose of the Russian vaccine was given by the immunization team at the Luis Ortega hospital in Porlamar on March 8 and later, fifteen days later, on March 29, she received the other injection.
When she started the vaccination at the hospital, she felt a certain fear, due to the whole panorama in which she has developed for more than 12 months, a time in which she has seen people lose the battle and also many recover from the terrible disease .
In her case, she had no adverse reactions after receiving the first Sputnik vaccine. Overcome the fear, the second dose of the vaccine has already been applied and she feels safer to be able to continue her work to care for moderate, severe and pediatric patients.
"Thank God I have not had any adverse event to the vaccine," emphasizes the doctor, who in August of last year had symptoms of the virus, but the diagnoses were always negative. Fortunately, her clinical picture was low.
Currently, it is still on the front line to contain the crisis, which it qualifies as rude, since it has been a participant in the creation of epidemiological fences that have helped to tackle the situation in a preventive way.
Guerrero, mother of an 8-year-old boy, is part of a team that hardly rests, that has sacrificed weekends and holidays, and that with great human commitment continues to carry out PCR tests in covid areas, guiding people about the dangers of Sars-CoV-2.
“The pandemic is not a game; I have seen families suffer, despite all this, I have noticed the positive result of the vaccine in all those immunized. In general, the reactions are within the parameters of normality: fever, headache and myalgia ”, she says.
Samar emphasizes that there are more benefits than the risks that the body acquires when vaccinated, although she agrees with the authorities and specialists: all vaccinated must take care of themselves and maintain biosecurity measures because the vaccine protects against a serious viral load, but is still exposed to infection.
In Venezuela, immunization with any of the approved vaccines against covid has not yet been authorized for pregnant and lactating women and those with chronic conditions. It will be a matter of time for the health authorities to express their appreciation on this matter.
On the other hand, the epidemiologist added that people who have previously had a reaction or serious events with other vaccines are part of the extreme care cases, in fact, they cannot be vaccinated because some component it contains may be contraindicated.
The first doses of the Sputnik V vaccine arrived in the country last October for phase III clinical trials, with Venezuela being the first nation in the Western Hemisphere to receive them. Later, in mid-February, the first 100.000 doses for mass vaccination arrived, mostly destined for medical personnel.
A few days later, the second batch of another 100.000 arrived to reinforce care for health workers, and begin to vaccinate educational personnel. A third shipment with 50.000 doses arrived on Tuesday, March 30. At the beginning of the month, 500.000 doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine were also incorporated into the immunization schedule. l