Covid19 – Germany to give vaccine booster shots to vulnerable groups

Covid19 - Germany to give vaccine booster shots to vulnerable groups

Covid19 – Germany to give vaccine booster shots to vulnerable groups

Germany plans to give vulnerable people a COVID-19 vaccine booster in September, the Health Ministry said on Thursday, ignoring a World Health Organisation appeal to refrain from giving third doses while poor countries remain unvaccinated.

“The possibility of a booster vaccine in September is intended to ensure that those who are particularly at risk are adequately protected,” the ministry said. Risk groups include immunocompromised patients, the very elderly and nursing home residents, it added.

Germany rejected those accusations, saying it would also donate at least 30 million vaccine doses to countries where there have hardly been any vaccinations up till now.

“We want to provide the vulnerable groups in Germany with a precautionary third vaccination and at the same time support the vaccination of as many people in the world as possible,” the ministry said.

A booster shot will also be offered to anyone who received the two-dose AstraZeneca or single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines, the document released by Spahn’s ministry said, “in the interests of preventative healthcare”.

Both AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson are viral vector vaccines, whereas the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use novel mRNA technology that has shown high efficacy in studies.

The regulator currently only recommends the coronavirus vaccine for 12-17 year olds if they have pre-existing conditions or live with people at high risk from Covid. Germany’s health ministers agreed on Monday to encourage vaccination among teens by opening all the country’s vaccination centres to 12-17 year olds, alongside the possibility to get vaccinated at regular clinics.