The European Union recommends that everyone who has crossed the 60-year mark be given the fourth vaccine against coronavirus (the second booster) as soon as possible.
The European Medicines Agency calls the most effective time for this – four months after the third dose. The recommendation does not apply to persons under 60 years of age. How long?
Mathematical modeling has shown the clear benefits of an early second booster to effectively protect people over 60, says Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health:
“I urge everyone to get vaccinated and get a booster as soon as possible. There is no time to waste! Our vaccines work and create a good level of protection against severe illness and hospitalization.”
In European countries, a sharp increase in coronavirus infections has been recorded over the past few weeks. Epidemiologists blame this on the increased contagiousness of the omicron BA.5 variant. About 700,000 new infections are recorded every day.
A week ago, on July 4th, emergency meeting Greek experts due to the increase in cases of coronavirus. In Greece, as in all of Europe, Omicron and the BA4 and BA5 variants predominate.
Experts say that in the age group of 18-24 years there is an increase in the number of new cases. This mainly concerns tourist areas, growth has been recorded over the past three weeks. The increase in re-infections is also recorded weekly, however, during hospitalization, simple beds are occupied for the time being, and this is encouraging for doctors.