The Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) recommends the second booster vaccination against the coronavirus from the age of 60. As a result, people who are particularly at risk should be better protected against severe Covid 19 diseases and the deaths caused by them, Stiko said on Thursday in Berlin. So far, a second booster vaccination was only recommended for people over 70 years of age.
According to the expert panel, a further booster vaccination with the currently available vaccines will continue to achieve a very high level of protection against severe courses in the groups concerned. “It is therefore not recommended for the risk groups mentioned to wait for an adapted vaccine and to postpone an indicated vaccination,” emphasized Stiko.
An mRNA vaccine should normally be used for booster vaccinations. A minimum distance of six months to a previous corona infection or vaccination should be observed. In justified individual cases, the interval can also be reduced to four months. The recommendation therefore also applies to children from the age of five with an increased risk of severe Covid 19 courses as a result of an underlying disease.