People aged 60 and older who received the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines should get a third dose too, the experts added, though the use of other vaccines may also be considered depending on supply and access.
with weaker immune systems should receive an additional shot of approved
COVID-19 vaccines, an advisory group to the World Health Organization (WHO) has
recommendation follows a four-day meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group of
) on Immunization. The group said that
moderately and severely immunocompromised persons should be offered an
additional dose of all WHO
vaccines “since these individuals are less likely to respond adequately to
vaccination following a standard primary vaccine series and are at high risk of
aged 60 and older who received the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines should get a
third dose too, the experts added, though the use of other vaccines may also be
considered depending on supply and access.
implementing this recommendation, countries should initially aim at maximizing
2-dose coverage in that population, and thereafter administer the third dose,
starting in the oldest age groups”, they said.
has also reviewed a vaccine developed by Indian company Bharat Biotech and will
issue a policy recommendation after WHO greenlights it for emergency use.
last week announced a plan to end the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring all people,
everywhere, have access to vaccines. The Global COVID-19 Vaccination
Strategy calls for inoculating 40 per cent of people in all countries by the
end of the year, and 70 per cent by the middle of 2022.
strategy takes a three-step approach to vaccination. Priority is given to
older people, health workers and high-risk groups of all ages, followed by
adults and then adolescents.