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Ministry of Health issues new recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination

Vaccination Advisory Committee of Cyprus’ Ministry of Health recommends all people over 30 years of age, but also people regardless of age who belong to special population groups to get boosted with a 4th dose of updated vaccines against COVID-19. The Committee also recommends vaccination with a 3rd booster dose for those aged 12 and over.

According to a press release, the National Vaccination Advisory Committee that met on Thursday, evaluated the new recommendations of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), ECDC, the World Health Organization (WHO) and pharmaceutical companies regarding the updated, adapted vaccines against COVID- 19.

The Committee, points out that protection against infection and especially against mild disease wanes approximately six months after the initial vaccination. At the same time, according to the statistics of the Ministry of Health, most admissions of patients with the COVID-19 occur in unvaccinated people. Therefore, the original vaccines for COVID-19 still provide protection against severe disease, hospitalisation and death and will be used for primary vaccinations.

The Committee of the Ministry of Health recommends the use of the updated, adapted vaccines against COVID-19, for a booster/3rd dose for persons aged 12 years and older, provided that five months have passed since they received the 2nd dose.

It also recommends the 4th dose for people over 30 years old. In addition, it recommends vaccination with a 4th booster dose for people regardless of age who live or work in nursing homes and closed structures, as well as for special and vulnerable groups.

The recommendations of the National Vaccination Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Health will be ratified by the Cabinet at its next session.

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