(Berlin) From September 1, Germany will offer the administration of a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for older and vulnerable population groups as well as for people who have not received a messenger RNA vaccine, the Ministry of Health decided on Monday.
Posted on Aug 2, 2021 at 2:46 pm
“The booster vaccinations are carried out with one of the two messenger RNA vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, editor’s note)”, the ministry points out that this decision is “in the interests of health care”.
Even immunocompromised patients
The ministry explains that it is based on recent studies that show that “the immune response is reduced or rapidly declined in certain population groups after a full vaccination against COVID-19”, “especially in immunocompromised patients and in the very elderly and in need of care”. “.
From September this reminder will be offered in particular in retirement homes, integration aids and other accommodations for groups at risk.
The treating physicians are asked to do the same for their immunocompromised patients.
The new injection is given “usually at least six months” after the first full vaccination, regardless of the type of vaccine originally used.
With AstraZenaca. vaccinated people
Another group is also recommended for a refresher: those vaccinated with the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. You will be offered an additional dose of a messenger RNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna).
According to the latter laboratories, an additional dose ensures improved immune protection, especially with regard to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.
Some countries have already adopted the principle of booster vaccination. This topic is discussed in others.
Israel has been administering a third dose of coronavirus vaccines to patients with weak immune systems since mid-July amid rising COVID-19 cases linked to the spread of the Delta variant.
Although Germany currently has a lower infection rate than neighboring countries, the number of cases has increased in recent weeks, raising fears of a new wave of epidemics.
The slowdown in vaccinations is also worrying, around 52% of Germans are fully vaccinated.
The Robert Koch Institute for Public Health Surveillance reported 847 new cases of infection and one death on Monday. The daily average in the last few weeks was around 2,000 new cases.
Germany has recorded more than 3.7 million COVID-19 infections and more than 91,000 deaths since the outbreak of the epidemic.