The National Vaccination Panel recommends another vaccination for people vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson – after only 28 days.

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“The studies clearly show: the vaccination works! Corona vaccination is our only way out of the pandemic. I therefore appeal to everyone to pick up their recommended vaccination dose in a timely manner. This also applies explicitly to women and men who wish to have children, as well as to breastfeeding and pregnant women. In order to get through the winter well, we as a society must be well protected against the delta variant. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the colleagues in the federal states who are implementing the continuously updated recommendations of the National Vaccination Panel with full commitment day after day,” said Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein.

Based on new data and findings, the National Vaccination Panel has updated the recommendations for the use of corona vaccination. Data from Austria show that the rate of protection against infection is significantly higher for persons vaccinated twice than for persons vaccinated only once. This was already known for 1 dose of Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) and Comirnaty (BioNTech/Pfizer), but also applies to the COVID-19 vaccine Janssen approved as a 1-dose schedule. This has been observed particularly in younger individuals.

Therefore, the National Immunization Panel recommends that persons who have received a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine Janssen should also receive an additional dose of vaccine in a timely manner. The second vaccination is recommended with an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or BioNTech-Pfizer) and should be given promptly, but no earlier than 28 days after the initial Janssen vaccination. If desired, the second vaccination can also be given with Janssen. This is an off-label use, which is possible and accompanied by good education and documentation.

According to Mückstein, “The vaccine logistics of the federal and state governments are already well prepared for the administration of the 3rd dose for the different target groups. Therefore, the administration of an additional vaccination for the approximately 300,000 people who received a first dose of Janssen’s vaccine can also be implemented promptly. It is important to respond quickly to current scientific findings to enable the best protection for all Austrians.”

The National Vaccination Panel also notes that COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended for both men and women who wish to have children. There is no interval to be observed before conception. The vaccination recommendation for pregnant women, which is also made by numerous international professional societies (CDC, ACOG, RCOG, STIKO, etc.), remains valid. Pregnant women should be vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine in the 2nd or 3rd trimester.

It is also recommended for lactation that women who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 should be vaccinated. Following COVID vaccination, SARS-CoV2 antibodies have been detected in breast milk, which may have a beneficial effect on infant protection. Therefore, breastfeeding should not be carried out in the context of the vaccination.

  • source: heute.at/picture:aerzteblatt.de
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