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Coronavirus booster vaccination being introduced in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

So far, a booster dose of the vaccine is allowed for people over 60 years of age
14:20, 4 January 2022

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A booster dose of coronavirus vaccine is being introduced in Ukraine. So far, it is allowed for people over 60 years, Health Minister Viktor Lyashko reports on Facebook.

"We have allowed a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for people over the age of 60, regardless of which vaccine they have been vaccinated with. Older people will be able to get a booster dose at least six months after the second," he wrote.

He noted that on January 5, the Ministry of Health will consider the introduction of a booster dose for all other categories of Ukrainians.

Lyashko told how booster vaccination will work:

  • People aged 60+ can receive a booster dose 6 months after the second Covid-19 vaccination, optimally 6 to 9 months.
  • Preference will be given to mRNA vaccines - Moderna or Comirnaty/Pfizer, regardless of which vaccine a person has been vaccinated with before. For example, if the first two vaccinations were given with Sinovac Biotech's CoronaVac vaccine, it is recommended that the booster dose be given with Comirnaty/Pfizer vaccine.
  • In the absence of mRNA vaccines, the booster dose can be made with another vaccine, according to the schemes allowed in Ukraine.

The Minister noted that in Ukraine the schemes of using AstraZeneca for the main course of vaccination from Covid-19 have been changed, according to which the CoronaVac vaccine can now be combined with vector (AstraZeneca) and mRNA vaccines (Moderna or Comirnaty from Pfizer).

In addition, AstraZeneca can now be used after Moderna or Pfizer. The minimum interval between doses is 28 days.

With regard to vaccination of pregnant women, women who received the first dose of CoronaVac and then became pregnant should prefer Pfizer or Moderna mRNA for the second dose.

Earlier, Chief Sanitary Doctor Ihor Kuzin said that in Ukraine the third vaccination against Covid-19 may become mandatory.

Vaccination of children from 5 years can be allowed in Ukraine soon. However, according to him, mass immunization of children is not yet part of the ministry's plans.

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