Due to the spread of Omicron, a new mutation of COVID-19, the German Immunization Committee has recommended a booster vaccination 3 months after completing the second dose.
In a press release yesterday (21st) local time, the committee announced that it would be recommended to shorten the interval from the second vaccination to three months after the second vaccination, which was recommended to be six months later.
The committee explained the background of shortening the inoculation interval, saying, “By shortening the interval until booster vaccination, it is possible to improve the prevention of severe conversion in the case of Omicron infection and reduce the spread of Omicron.”
Considering the spread of Omicron, it is estimated that it will soon become the dominant species in Germany, but according to the data so far, the committee explains that the prophylactic efficacy against Omicron is clearly lowered 3 to 4 months after the completion of the second inoculation.
The committee emphasized that “severe conversion to Omicron can be prevented because the preventive effect is clearly enhanced by the booster vaccination.”
The committee explained that the elderly or those with a prior medical history should be considered first because they have a high risk of converting to severe disease if they contract COVID-19.
The committee explained that the efficacy of the mRNA technology-based Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine and Moderna vaccine are completely equal.
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