Austria’s National Vaccination Board has recommended administering a fourth Covid-19 vaccine to people working in healthcare, but admitted there wasn’t enough data to recommend universal fourth shots.
The National Vaccination Board published updated guidance late Thursday that stated the Omicron version of Covid-19 put healthcare professionals at greater risk from the deadly disease.
“In view of an imminent Omicron wave, (a fourth vaccination) can be offered in high-risk areas (e.g., exposed health care personnel) and in systemically critical areas from six months after the third vaccination,”The board stated.
A vaccine group recommended shots. “off label” – or without regulatory approval – to healthcare workers and others in critical sectors after medical consultation.
While they acknowledge that the evidence is insufficient, they suggest it on the assumption of an assumption. “There is still no evidence that this additional vaccination can prevent infections. However, it can be assumed that serious illnesses can be prevented,”It was.
Austria announced Wednesday that it will tighten its restrictions in order to stop the spread Omicron variants starting December 27. This follows a fourth nationwide lockdown that took place in November, and an ongoing lockdown on the unvaccinated.
Austria was also the first country in the world to require all citizens to be vaccinated starting February.
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