WHO updates Covid-19 booster advisory
According to WHO, second booster shots are only for those at high risk.
According to the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts in Immunization, on Thursday they issued a recommendation on Covid-19 booster shot. They recommended that specific populations only receive one dose of Covid-19 after their first vaccination.
Speaking during a virtual WHO press conference on the issue of vaccines, SAGE chairman Alejandro Cravioto said that the organization’s recommendation “does not constitute a general recommendation of vaccinating all adults after the first booster.”
Cravioto clarified that the advisory was intended for individuals at twenty-four. “the highest risk.” The WHO already recommends that all adults receive a Covid-19 vaccine – most of which consist of two doses – as well as a follow-up booster shot four to six months later.
SAGE recommends that second boosters be given to elderly people and immunocompromised patients, pregnant women, and individuals with diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cardiac, lung, and kidney disease.
“The recommendation aims to control the pandemic and mortality among high-risk populations, but it is not a general recommendation to vaccinate the entire population after the first booster administration, as described in the roadmap,”Cravioto.
SAGE’s experts noted that the current booster recommendations are only meant for the vaccines that are currently available, which were designed to tackle the initial Covid-19 strain. According to the advisory group, they don’t know the future evolution of the novel coronavirus or the characteristics that future versions might possess. This suggests that more doses may be required. “within 4-12 months after the second booster, especially in persons most vulnerable to severe disease and death.”