A group of scientists tasked with shedding light on the complicated issue of vaccines for the World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Tuesday that, for the moment, does not recommend additional booster shotslet alone annual, against the coronavirus.
At least for people at low or medium risk of severe disease. These scientists advised countries, in the short and medium term, to focus on boosting the vaccine every six to 12 months for people at high risk, including the elderly and pregnant women.
The new advice contrasts with plans proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration.which has suggested treating COVID-19 boosters like annual flu shots in the near future.
In a Press conference held on Tuesday, the advisers of the WHO described as “marginal” the benefit of reinforcing vaccination of people at low or even medium risk. And they suggested that countries could even stop offering the first dose of coronavirus to children.
The future will not be full of vaccines
These updated recommendations “reflect that a large part of the population is vaccinated or previously infected with COVID-19, or bothsaid Hanna Nohynek, chair of the WHO advisory groups in charge of the study.
Updated guidance from advisers doesn’t mean countries shouldn’t offer reinforcements to lower-risk groups if they so desire generally or for specific reasons, such as international travel.
However, the benefits of doing so are slim and the guidance in general “they once again insist on the importance of vaccinating people who are still at risk of contracting serious diseases, especially older adults“added the experts.
In this way, if you are a healthy person, you already have your three doses or you have previously had COVID, WHO says you don’t need to get vaccinated again. That there is hardly any improvement in your natural protection against disease.