The Department of Health says further COVID-19 vaccine booster doses can be made to be had to supply ongoing coverage, particularly for older other folks and people who are immunocompromised and on the perfect possibility of critical COVID-19 headaches.
At provide, adults between the ages of 18 and 49 years are eligible to obtain 3 doses, whilst those that are 50 years and older are eligible to obtain 4 doses.
“Consideration is being given to offering an additional booster dose to both age groups. This would mean that adults aged 18 – 49 years would be eligible to receive a total of four doses, while those 50 years and older would be eligible to receive five doses,” departmental spokesperson, Foster Mohale, mentioned in a observation.
Mohale mentioned there may be little revel in of perfect booster durations and there’s a top stage of immunity locally.
He mentioned the purpose at this degree is to supply any other booster at an period between the former and the extra booster dose of no less than 180 days (six months).
“This subsequent booster can be a voluntary dose and no longer a part of a large group marketing campaign. In addition, all kids elderly 5 to 11 years, with stipulations that position them vulnerable to critical COVID illness, can be introduced vaccination, with two doses of the paediatric Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine early subsequent 12 months, with an period of 21 days between the 2 doses.
“This will include children with chronic respiratory, heart, neurological, kidney, liver and gastrointestinal conditions, as well as those with certain endocrine disorders, serious genetic abnormalities and other conditions associated with immunosuppression,” Mohale defined.
Mohale emphasized that handiest kids referred by way of a clinician can be eligible for vaccination, and consent for vaccination will want to be equipped by way of the kid’s criminal mum or dad.
More data in regards to the further booster doses and vaccination of youngsters between the ages of 5 and11 years can be equipped as soon as to be had.
Despite the present low hospitalisation and mortality charges, Mohale warned that the pandemic continues threaten the lives of prone other folks.
“Vaccination still provides the best protection against severe disease, as well as long COVID, and the department therefore continues to encourage everyone to protect themselves through vaccination,” Mohale mentioned.