Explained: Why nurses administering COVID-19 vaccines were not in gloves

Explained: Why nurses administering COVID-19 vaccines were not in gloves

A lot of people have raised questionable eyebrows about why the nurse who administered the COVID-19 vaccine on President Akufo-Addo was not in gloves.

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Their argument stems from the fact that due to the coronavirus, the nurses should have worn gloves before administering the vaccine to the president.

Some social media users have argued that the act by the nurse was unethical and quite unacceptable.

Explained: Why the nurse administered injections on Akufo-Addo without gloves
Explained: Why the nurse administered injections on Akufo-Addo without gloves Photo credit: YEN.com.gh
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Interestingly a Facebook user by the name Kobby Blay who happens to work in the medical field has explained that there was absolutely nothing wrong with what the nurse did.

According to Kobby, gloves are not recommended for most vaccination administration and are not required for the COVID-19 vaccine.

He stated that gloves become a requirement if the person administering the vaccine is likely to come into contact with potentially infectious body fluids or has open lesions on their hands.

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Kobby added that if used improperly, the gloves could increase the likelihood of spreading germs between the patient and the medical officer.

He, however, mentioned that practicing proper hand hygiene is all that matters

He further went ahead to share documents to support his claim that it was not really necessary for vaccinators to be in gloves but rather practiced proper hand guys.

The Centre for Disease Control, (CDC) has stated that it is not really necessary if health practitioners are not in gloves whiles attending to patients.

Surprisingly, the CDC says gloves are not necessarily required, even now with the second wave of the pandemic in full swing.

In a report filed by NBC 15 news, Dr. Rendi Murphree with the Mobile County Health Department says when the vaccine is distributed, doctors will not have to wear gloves.

"Which is why CDC recommendations when it comes out about a vaccine it will not include a recommendation to use gloves when administering the vaccine to try to not further burden, the glove supply," she said.

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The report further stated that with all the protective measures in place, attending physicians are not required to stretch on a pair of gloves when giving shots.

The CDC however says hands should be cleansed with an alcohol-based waterless antiseptic hand rub or washed with soap and water before preparing vaccines for administration and between each patient contact.

In other news, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumuia and his wife Samira took the jab for the COVID-19 vaccine.

They took the jab at the Police Hospital about 30 minutes after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo became the first person to be vaccinated after the country took delivery of some 600,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Akufo-Addo took the jab for the COVID-19 vaccine with his wife Rebecca at the 37 Military Hospital on Monday, March 1, 2021.

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