The German Vaccines Advisory Committee on Thursday recommended giving a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines to people aged 70 and over, as well as health workers in contact with patients.
The country’s health system had already given a booster dose to the population over the age of 60.
The expert committee said that a repeat dose of the Pfizer-Biontech or Moderna vaccines should be given at the latest 6 months after taking the usual initial doses.
The committee added that “the protection provided by the vaccine weakens over time, especially with regard to the prevention of asymptomatic infections and mild diseases… With age, the immune response after vaccination becomes weaker in general, and infection can become more frequent, leading to serious diseases.”
Public health decision makers could not immediately be reached for comment.
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