From November 2, all persons over 18 years of age will have the opportunity to receive a third dose of the vaccine in accordance with the recommendation of the European Medicines Agency – said Dr. Grzegorz Cessak, member of the Management Board of the European Medicines Agency and the president of the Office for Registration of Medicinal Products, in “Facts after Facts” on Thursday, Medical Devices and Biocidal Products. As he added, the booster dose is recommended to people who work in the medical profession, as well as to teachers, among others. He also talked about when to expect a recommendation on immunization of children under 12 years of age.
From November 2, they will start vaccinations a booster dose (the so-called third dose) for all persons over 18 years of age and vaccinated with either two doses of Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna or AstraZeneki or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Health published guidelineshow to administer a booster dose and a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines. Both are given to fully vaccinated people to strengthen and consolidate post-vaccination protection.
Dr. Cessak on supplementary vaccines
Dr. Grzegorz Cessak was asked about the third dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Thursday’s “Fakt after Faktach”, member of the Governing Board of the European Medicines Agency.
– There are two recommendations of the European Medicines Agency regarding two mRNA vaccines, concerning an additional dose supplementing the basic vaccination. This is the third dose of the vaccine that completes the primary vaccination – explained Dr. Cessak. As he added, “we must remember that this vaccination is aimed, already 28 days after primary vaccination, at immunocompetent, immunocompromised people.”
– As for the booster dose of the so-called booster, here we have this six-month interval. We see a decline in antibodies in dynamics from six to eight months after the last vaccine was given, that is, the primary vaccination – explained Cessak.
As he emphasized, “booster” is recommended to all people who work in the medical profession, as well as teachers and representatives of other professions that are associated with frequent contact with people. – They’re the most vulnerable. It is for them that it is recommended to administer this third dose after six months – said the TVN24 guest.
The President of the Office for Registration of Medicinal Products, Medical Devices and Biocidal Products reminded that from November 2, all persons over 18 years of age will be able to receive a third dose of the vaccine, in line with the recommendation of the European Medicines Agency.
As Dr. Cessak said, contraindications for the third dose are the same as in the case of basic vaccinations. – There are no new contraindications for giving a booster – he emphasized.
Vaccinations for children under 12 years of age. “Here we have a delay”
Asked what about the recommendation of the European Medicines Agency on vaccination against COVID-19 for children under 12 years of age, Dr. Cessak replied: – Here we have a delay that resulted from the later submission of research results and application than was made in the USA to the FDA [federalnej Agencji Żywności i Leków – przyp. red.].
As he reported, “the procedure of assessing this dose for children between 5 and 11 years of age began only on October 18”.
Dr. Cessak said the childhood vaccine “has a different quantitative and qualitative composition”, both in terms of excipients and active ingredient. The latter – as he noted – is “three times lower” than in the case of the dose administered to adolescents and adults.
– By mid-December, the European Medicines Agency will issue such a recommendation at the latest. Of course, if there are no major comments and discussions, this recommendation may be given earlier – said the guest of “Facts after Facts”.
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