Corona wave in fall: vaccination campaign recommended

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For the elderly and other at-risk groups, the EU health agency ECDC recommends a new Corona vaccination campaign in the fall, as more infections are again predicted for this time of year.

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The EU health agency ECDC recommends new covid vaccination campaigns for the fall, especially for older people and other at-risk groups. According to surveillance data, people of older age are more likely to be hospitalized with each additional wave of the corona, the report released Wednesday said. According to the report, a high vaccination rate in the fall of people aged 60 and older could prevent up to 32 percent of hospitalizations in the EU/EEA region.

ECDC recommends new fall vaccination campaigns
Combining such a vaccination program in the fall for persons 60 years of age and older with an immunization campaign as early as spring 2023 for persons 80 and older is expected to prevent as many as 44 percent of covid hospitalizations if vaccination rates are very high, ECDC explained. It said a number of factors were taken into account for the calculations, including declining vaccine effectiveness, the age groups addressed in the booster campaigns last fall/winter, and the epidemiological situation in the previous year.

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ECDC data indicate continued transmission of SARS-CoV-2; therefore, the continued risk of severe disease for vulnerable groups was emphasized. The analysis shows that the impact of the disease was much greater during the fall-winter period, it said.

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