Virologist Dorothee Von Laer of the Medical University of Innsbruck does not believe that people will have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus every few months in the future. Rather, it is likely to be like the flu vaccination: She told the “Tiroler Tageszeitung” that she expects “regular booster vaccinations adapted to the current variant every fall, once more than 95 percent of people are immune – through infection or vaccination.”
“That state will be reached when virtually all people have recovered or have been vaccinated and thus can have basic immunity that at least protects against severe courses.” The researcher hoped that mandatory vaccination would close any remaining vaccination gaps.
Shortening the “recovered!” status to three months
The Omicron virus variant is unlikely to overburden intensive care units, but will fill normal wards back up to capacity, the virologist said. She also advocated – as in Germany – shortening the “recovered” status from six to three months. “Those who have recovered from the previous variants are hardly protected against Omicron,” she held.
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