Belgians who have received a vaccine from AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson may be eligible for an additional dose. That’s what vaccinologist Pierre Van Damme said Friday night in Terzaki.
The third shot, or “booster,” has been the subject of debate for months. Is it necessary and for whom? Meanwhile, residents of residential care centers, people with low immunity, all people over 65, and health care workers are already receiving a booster vaccine. But vaccinologist Pierre Van Damme may now open the door to another group. Many people under 65 who have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson say they want a booster shot. This file is now on the table of the Supreme Health Council. We want to make a decision on this by mid-November, and eventually the relevant ministers will make the decision.”
Meanwhile, there is mounting evidence that the Astra Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have decreased effectiveness over time. “We now know that a booster vaccine containing Pfizer or Moderna is safe and effective for people who have already been vaccinated with AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson,” Van Damme said. We didn’t know that a few months ago. We’re still looking at all the scientific data before we come up with definitive advice.”