No increase in side effects after booster dose vaccination, - Ukrainian Health Ministry

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the Ministry of Health, in countries where booster doses are widely used, the number of adverse events is the same as in the baseline vaccination course
21:23, 11 January 2022

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Chief Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine Ihor Kuzin stated that in Ukraine, after vaccination with a booster dose against Covid-19, there is no increase in the number of side effects compared to the main course of vaccination. He said this in an interview with the BBC.

"No increase in side effects has been reported after a booster dose. In countries where the booster is already widely implemented, the number of adverse events is the same as in the basic vaccination course," Kuzin said.

He reminded that there are recommendations to give booster vaccination using mRNA vaccines - Pfizer or Moderna.

"You can choose between them. Except for the CoronaVac vaccine. It is recommended to use Pfizer or CoronaVac for the booster dose after it. According to official guidelines, a person who has been vaccinated with CoronaVac can receive a CoronaVac or Pfizer booster. The effectiveness after three doses of CoronaVac is 88-90%. After CoronaVac plus Pfizer booster - 92-95%," the chief sanitary doctor declared.

As it was reported, on January 6 Ukraine introduces a booster vaccination against Covid-19 for citizens over 18 years of age who have completed a full course of immunization.

The booster dose can be done:

  • At age 18+, six months after the date of the second Covid-19 vaccination, optimally between six and nine months.
  • Preference will be given to mRNA vaccines, Moderna or Comirnaty/Pfizer, regardless of which vaccine the person was previously vaccinated with. For example, if the first two vaccinations were given with CoronaVac from Sinovac Biotech, the booster dose is recommended to be given with Comirnaty/Pfizer.
  • In the absence of mRNA vaccines, the booster dose can be given with another vaccine, according to approved regimens in Ukraine.

Related: WHO: Half of Europe's residents to fall ill with Omicron strain in coming months

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