WHO recommends booster vaccine

On October 11, the vaccine advisory group of the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended a booster dose of vaccine (3rd dose) to prevent COVID-19 for immunocompromised people, applied to all patients. All vaccines against COVID-19 have been approved by this organization.

Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: AFP
Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: AFP

According to the French news agency AFP, in this latest announcement, WHO experts stated that people with moderate and severe immunodeficiency should receive a booster dose of vaccine because these people's bodies are less able to full capacity to produce antibodies if they receive only the baseline vaccine (2 doses) and they are at high risk for severe COVID-19 disease. This is the latest recommendation from members of the WHO Strategic Advisory Group on Immunization.

Previously, on October 4, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) officially approved the booster dose (3rd dose) of Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 18 years and over. above. In addition, the agency also agreed that booster doses of vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech are necessary for people with weakened immune systems.

In its statement, the EMA stated that this third shot may be considered for people over 18 years of age and that the injection period is a minimum of 6 months after the second injection. For immunocompromised individuals, the EMA recommends a 3rd dose of Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech at least 28 days after the second dose. However, the agency also affirmed that the final decision regarding booster shots must be made by the competent authority of each country.

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