Why the coronavirus vaccine is given without gloves

A photo of Axel Kicillof receiving the coronavirus vaccine opened the debate. What is striking is not that the Buenos Aires governor has been immunized. Nothing of that. What generated doubts and questions among thousands of users of social networks was that the nurse will not wear gloves.

But, according to the sanitary protocol that governs the Ministry of Health of the province of Buenos Aires, it is recommended don’t use these items at the time of injecting the vaccines, the Télam agency reported.

Consulted by Clarion, from the Ministry of Health of the City point out that the recommendation to vaccinate without gloves actually covers to the whole country. “It is something general about vaccination,” they point out, adding that “as there is no blood, it is not necessary.”

Those who suggest discarding this input have several reasons. One of them, detailed in the Buenos Aires protocol, is that “the inappropriate use of gloves limit hand hygiene”.

In the Belgrano and Eva Perón hospitals, in San Martín, they apply the vaccine without gloves.

In the Belgrano and Eva Perón hospitals, in San Martín, they apply the vaccine without gloves.

This data was expanded by Verónica González, director of Research and Technical Cooperation of the School of Government of the Province. “It is ensured that the vaccinator does not use gloves to wash your hands between one patient and another and do not rely on the use of gloves, “he explained.

Another reason why, according to González, the use of gloves is not advisable is because it increases the chances of adverse reactions O allergic reactions to latex.

“It is suspected that most of the adverse reactions, especially in allergies, have to do with latex, with gloves. If this is observed in the different places where it is vaccinated, it is done simply to reduce the risk that patients who are allergic to develop an anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) to latex, “they explained to Télam from the provincial Ministry of Health.

At the University of Oxford, England, they do wear gloves when vaccinating volunteers.  AP Photo

At the University of Oxford, England, they do wear gloves when vaccinating volunteers. AP Photo

In this regard, the Argentine Association of Latex Allergy shared on Facebook the photo of Kicillof receiving the vaccine and celebrated: “Without gloves it is safer. The environment is not contaminated with latex. There is no risk of latex contamination of syringes or needles. There is no risk of contaminating the medicine with latex ”.

“It only takes handwashing, wear a chinstrap, have a ventilated space and have 1: 1000 injectable adrenaline in case anaphylaxis occurs ”, the entity continued.

This protocol is not uniquely Argentine. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains the general recommendation of I do not use gloves for the administration of vaccines, unless the vaccinator has open lesions on the skin that could come in contact with patient fluids. In that case, you should change gloves with each patient.

Vaccination without gloves at the Dr. Pedro Fiorito de Avellaneda Hospital.  Photo Xinhua

Vaccination without gloves at the Dr. Pedro Fiorito de Avellaneda Hospital. Photo Xinhua

The World Health Organization (WHO) also points out that “gloves are not usually necessary when you are injecting a vaccine ”, unless excessive bleeding is anticipated for any reason.

However, Dr. Daniel Vázquez, former president of the Argentine Association of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (AAAeIC), told Clarion that “the use of gloves is a good measure that we would have to adopt“.

The expert highlights that we are in the middle of a pandemic with a highly contagious virus. For this reason, he considers that health personnel should use everything that involves personal protective equipment (PPE), such as a mask and nose, mask, cap and gloves.

In Mendoza the same scene is repeated: a bovine nurse without gloves.

In Mendoza the same scene is repeated: a bovine nurse without gloves.

“The use of gloves addition to the biosafety protocol. Caring for the patient and the professional is a priority. And if the professional without gloves makes contact with the patient’s blood, he will be in serious trouble. The same thing would happen in reverse, “he says.

According to Vázquez, when removing the needle there may be a small droplet of blood. This is not particularly relevant for the patient, but it may be relevant for professionals, since the needle is considered contaminated with biological remains. Then, you could catch diseases like hepatitis B or C, among others that are transmitted by blood.

Conversely – Vázquez continues – if the doctor or nurse has a wound, no matter how small, should protect the patient wearing gloves and changing them after each application.

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