Obese Healthcare Workers Were Not Able to Produce As Many Antibodies as Healthy Peers after Pfizer Jab
There's a lot to unpack here. Yesterday, a spate of the articles appeared from foreign press. This article below is from The Hindu Businessline. A small study in Italy suggests obese Pfizer jab recipients might need a DIFFERENT "dose" or booster to develop the same antibodies as "healthy" peers. Healthy is the term the paper used. Not us. I've been to Italy several times, I never saw lot of obese people there, it's interesting that they are found in healthcare. What personal health choice demands have been made on us since the start of the 14 day lockdown now 355 days ago? Nothing, except taking temps, asking questions, wearing masks and social distancing. Think about how much weight Americans could have lost in 52 weeks with careful planning, maybe even health apps to track food consumption? Too intrusive? Maybe Vitamin D sent to every household with an exercise program families could have used together? Why not Zoom on camera weigh ins to make sure BMI was trending down as much as positivity rates? We could have used this year to TRANSFORM health in every area - heart, diabetes, joint , and yes, Covid.
What confidence will a population have in the result of vaccination as a method of returning to "normal" (not normal) if we learn that one of the very first tiers of recipients isn't showing the result needed to "protect" others?
For decades, we have been asking why premature infants, babies and toddlers receive the same vaccine doses as adults. This small study seems to say that body mass could make a difference in vaccination dosages.
There are a 100 questions that will beget a hundred more as this worldwide Covid vaccine clinical trial (crap shoot) unfolds.
A new study has revealed that the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine might be less effective on obese people, media reports said.The study carried out by a group of Italian researchers, suggested that obese healthcare workers who received the COVID-19 vaccine were not able to produce as many antibodies as their healthy peers.The obese healthcare workers had only half the amount of antibodies produced by healthy workers after the administration of the second dose.According to the study conducted by Aldo Venuti, from the Istituti Fisioterapici Ospitalieri in Rome, 99.5 per cent of these healthcare workers had developed an antibody response against the virus seven days after the second dose administration. But this response was dissimilar to what obese people witnessed after the administration of both doses of the vaccine."Since obesity is a major risk factor for morbidity and mortality for patients with Covid-19, it is mandatory to plan an efficient vaccination programme in this subgroup," Venuti said, as cited in the media reports.He added: "Although further studies are needed, this data may have important implications to the development of vaccination strategies for Covid-19, particularly in obese people. If our data was to be confirmed by larger studies, giving obese people an extra dose of the vaccine or a higher dose could be options to be evaluated in this population."
Here in the USA, source: Healthcare Workers Are at Significant Risk of Obesity, Yet Employers Must Not Discriminate
Healthcare workers are at a much higher risk of obesity than the majority of occupations, according to a 2014 study by the American Journal of Medicine. In the survey, the healthcare category, overall, ranked 5th out of 20 industries with an obesity rate of 32 percent. However, analysts suggested that figure was skewed due to the inclusion of health providers, such as doctors, who have very low obesity rates.