(Stockholm) There is currently “no urgent need” to give an additional dose of vaccine to boost immunization against COVID-19 in the general population, the European Disease Authority said on Wednesday.
Posted on Sep 1, 2021 at 2:17 pm
In a tech note released on Wednesday evening, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) recommends these additional doses for people with compromised immune systems, according to the WHO position.
To the best of our knowledge, there is no urgent need to give a third dose to fully vaccinated individuals in the general population.
Extract from a press release from the European Disease Agency.
“Priority must be given to vaccinating authorized people who have not yet completed their vaccination,” the center continues.
On the other hand, “people with a severely weakened immune system should already consider additional doses as part of the first vaccination if they do not achieve a sufficient level of protection,” adds the European Agency based in Stockholm, the approx. 30 countries, including the 27 EU members.
The World Health Organization (WHO) condemned the rush by rich countries on August 18 for a third dose of a vaccine against COVID-19, stressing that scientific data had not yet proven their need at the time.
It’s like handing out extra life jackets to people who already have one, while drowning others without a life jacket.
WHO Emergency Director Mike Ryan on August 18.
Given the signs that vaccines against the Delta variant are weakening, several countries have decided or considered booster doses, mostly for the frail but sometimes for the whole population.
“All vaccines approved in the EU currently offer a high level of protection against hospitalization and severe forms related to COVID-19, while every third adult over the age of 18 is not yet fully vaccinated,” emphasizes the ECDC.