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The second booster vaccine for the general population is currently not necessary, according to the Supreme Health Council

The second booster vaccine for the general population is currently not necessary, according to the Supreme Health Council

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The Superior Health Council does not currently recommend a second booster vaccine for the general population. The regular second booster is also not recommended for those over 80s and currently residing in residential care. This is in a new consultant. An additional booster may be needed for the coming winter.

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The Immunization Task Force asked the Supreme Health Council on March 30 to advise on the need for a second booster dose against the coronavirus. This tip is here. According to the Supreme Health Council, the epidemiological situation in our country is not a cause for concern and scientific models do not predict the effect of an additional booster dose on the number of hospitalizations or the burden on intensive care.

According to the SHC, data shows that vaccines – a regular vaccination schedule plus a booster dose – are currently still effective against hospitalization. In addition, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) currently see no clear evidence that vaccine protection against severe diseases declines significantly in adults up to 80 years of age with normal immune systems, so there is no There is evidence to support the immediate administration of a second booster dose, it appears. The advice says that people over 80 who live in rest and care homes have an equal risk of contracting severe forms of COVID-19, only the risk of complications is higher for them.

The Superhealth Board also notes that the timing of additional reinforcement is critical and should be based on predictive models. They do not currently expect an additional booster dose to have an effect on hospitalization or intensive care occupancy, although the epidemiological situation should be “closely” monitored. It seems that giving a second booster for the upcoming winter may be necessary.

The Shap Committee also considers it important for the government to continue promoting the first dose, especially for people 65 years of age or older and for vulnerable people.

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