2021-10-12 04:10:48 W.H.O. Recommends Third Covid Shot for Immunocompromised People

W.H.O. Recommends Third Covid Shot for Immunocompromised People

An advisory committee recommended on Monday that severely or moderately immunocompromised people who have been vaccinated be given an additional dose of one of the seven coronavirus vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization.

People with weakened immune systems should get another shot if they received vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, the Serum Institute of India, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm, or Sinovac, according to members of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization on a conference call on Monday.

The committee’s chair, Dr. Alejandro Cravioto, stated that people with compromised immune systems “need a third dose as an additional priming process so that they’re fully protected.”

Officials also recommended a third vaccine dose for people aged 60 and up who had been immunized with China’s Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines, preferably of the same brand as their first course of treatment.

W.H.O. officials have previously stated that they support additional vaccine doses for immunocompromised people who do not receive adequate protection from a standard vaccination regimen, and some countries, including the United States, already provide them.

The committee was careful to distinguish its recommendation for additional doses for immunocompromised people from booster shot regimens approved in the United States, Israel, and some European countries.

Those booster programs, which are primarily intended to boost immunity in healthy individuals over certain ages, have drawn criticism from the World Health Organization, which has called for a moratorium on boosters until the end of the year so that more of the world’s limited supply of vaccines can be distributed to countries with low vaccination rates.

Dr. Katherine O’Brien, director of the World Health Organization’s department of immunization, vaccines, and biologicals, described the panel’s recommendation as “different from giving additional doses, booster doses, to people who have had an adequate primary response to vaccination.”

Those boosters, she said, are “like putting two life jackets on someone and leaving the rest of us without any.” So, in this sense, we’re talking about putting the first life jackets on people with immunocompromised conditions.”

She added that the World Health Organization had not yet determined whether fully vaccinated, otherwise healthy people required the additional protection provided by boosters, but the committee planned to discuss booster issues during a meeting on November 11.

The press conference on Monday was intended to summarize a series of meetings held last week, during which officials discussed global vaccine issues such as a newly approved malaria vaccine.

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W.H.O. Recommends Third Covid Shot for Immunocompromised People