European health agencies recommend a fourth dose against covid for people over 60

A woman receives the third booster dose in the Netherlands / afp

The new wave of the virus has caused a new vaccination for this age group to be necessary “imminently”, according to Brussels

Olatz Hernandez

The increase in covid cases in Europe has led EU health agencies to recommend the fourth dose for people over 60 years of age. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Health Agency (EMA) have advised Member States on Monday to administer a new booster dose to their citizens between 60 and 79 years of age and to patients at risk.

In April of this year, the two agencies recommended a new vaccination among people over 80 years of age, to achieve a greater reinforcement against the virus. Now, on the other hand, with the wave of infections around the world and the increase in hospitalizations, it makes it "critical" that the European authorities vaccinate this population group, they say.

They stress that the vaccines authorized in the EU “have proven to be very effective in reducing hospital admissions, severe covid symptoms and deaths” and that this second booster dose could be administered four months after receiving the third vaccine.

The Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakides, has assured that "there is no time to lose" and has urged the Member States to a new vaccination "immediately". Similarly, she has called on the population to receive this new vaccine: "This is how we protect ourselves, our loved ones and vulnerable people."

As for the rest of the population, the European health agencies defend that, for the moment, "there is no evidence" that this other dose is necessary. Neither among health workers nor among those who work in the care of the elderly.

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