When children should be boosted at the latest

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Last week, the vaccination panel recommended the third vaccination for children five years and older.

The National Immunization Panel (NIG) began recommending a third Corona vaccination for children five years and older last week. Austria is thus the first EU country to recommend booster vaccination for this age group.

“For children five to eleven years of age, this third vaccination should take place at the latest at the start of school before the expected next waves of infection in late summer/fall 2022,” the recommendation for use states.

The third vaccination is recommended starting six months after the second vaccination, but children should receive boosters in the fall at the latest.

No ECDC recommendation for third childhood vaccination at this time
Maria Paulke-Korinek, head of the Immunization Department at the Ministry of Health, sees no reason to rush children to get vaccinated: Cases are declining. Many children have recovered from the covid disease. In that respect, it is an option “to wait for the fall.” With the cold season, infections are also expected to rise again.

However, those who are very worried can have their children vaccinated now. There is nothing to be said against the third sting, Paulke-Korinek told ORF radio. The decision also depends on whether the child has pre-existing conditions, whether there are risk patients in the household who need protection, and whether and where the child is on vacation.

In airplanes and at airports, many different people from different epidemiological situations would come together, which carries an “increased risk for infections,” Paulke-Korinek said.

  • source: kurier.at/picture: pixabay.com
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