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Ukraine introduces booster Covid vaccination for all citizens aged 18 and older

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the Minister of Health, the booster dose should enhance the effectiveness of the vaccine and give better protection against the new Omicron strain
14:39, 6 January 2022

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Ukraine introduces a booster vaccination against Covid-19 for citizens over 18 years of age who have completed a full course of immunization as Minister of Health Viktor Lyashko reported on Facebook.

"Signed an order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine on the introduction of a booster dose of vaccine against Covid-19 for all vaccinated from 18 years old, regardless of which vaccine they were vaccinated with," the Minister said.

According to him, the booster dose should enhance the effectiveness of the vaccine and give better protection against the new Omicron strain.

Related: Most effective drugs to be available for revaccination, - Zelensky

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 m-RNA 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: Mixing order of vaccines in Ukraine changed, - Healthcare Ministry

Immunocompromised people who are currently receiving an additional dose of the Covid-19 vaccine will also be able to receive a booster dose, with an optimal injection period of three to six months after the additional dose.

Previously, Ukraine introduced a booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine for people over 60 years of age.

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