Friday, September 22

Europe recommends a second booster of the COVID vaccine for people over 60 years of age

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC) recommend a second booster of the COVID-19 vaccine for people between 60 and 79 in addition to the vulnerable population of any age.

Both organizations point out that “since there is a new wave of COVID-19 in Europe”, it is advisable to inject a new push (it is the fourth puncture) of vaccines with messenger RNA technology: “It is crucial that health services consider these groups for a vaccine booster”. In April, the EMA and the ECDC had made the same recommendation for those over 80 years of age.

“Those who had been vaccinated for the last time four months before can receive it and with special interest in those who have exceeded six months since the first booster”, they add. “Current vaccines remain highly effective against severe disease and mortality in the context of variants emerging from the SARS-CoCV-2 virus.”

The director of the ECDC, Andrea Ammon, stated that “we are seeing an increase in notifications of COVID-19 cases, in hospital occupancy and ICU admissions, which is a sign of the beginning of a new wave in Europe”.