German vaccine commission to recommend fourth COVID-19 shot

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Germany’s Standing Committee on Vaccination(STIKO), is preparing to recommend a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose.

This was made known by the committee’s head, Thomas Mertens, in an interview with newsmen on Thursday.

According to Mertens, the panel would recommend booster shots, only with vaccines that are already available, while for vaccines that have been adapted to work against the Omicron coronavirus variant, STIKO would make recommendations soon.

“We have data from Israel that shows a fourth dose significantly improves protection from a severe case of illness,” Mertens told Funke. “The STIKO will make the recommendation soon,” he added.

Meanwhile, some countries have already started offering additional booster doses, but a recent study from Israel showed that while a fourth dose of an mRNA vaccine boosted antibodies, the level was not high enough to prevent Omicron infection.

 



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