Covid-19: Govt considering booster doses for adolescents – Health Minister

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Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony said the government is considering the recommendation by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to offer booster doses to persons 12 years and older. He was speaking during Thursday’s COVID-19 update.

According to the CDC, adolescents, aged 12 to 17 years old should receive a booster shot five months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series.

“…that’s something we will also be looking at because our population between 12 to 17, we’ve only been giving them the primary dose, that’s the first and second dose, and now we’ll probably have to consider whether we should administer the booster dose,” Dr. Anthony said.

Additionally, on March 29 the FDA recommended that countries can now administer a fourth COVID-19 booster dose to their population.

The health minister explained, “The recommendation is that the fourth dose should be administered to people who have underlying conditions that result in immunocompromise… The second condition is that they have generally recommended it for anybody 50 years and older.”

According to him, scientific data has shown that a fourth dose vaccine is ‘very protective’ as such the ministry will be considering the administration of the fourth dose for persons 50 years and older.

Once again, he reiterated the importance of getting inoculated against the disease. “When you get vaccinated, you’re giving your body a chance to quickly react when it comes in contact with the virus. If not [vaccinated], it would take a long time, and during that period you can develop other complications so it is important to get vaccinated.” 

He also reminded the public that immunity drops approximately six months after taking the second dose of a primary vaccine. As such, he said it is important that persons take booster shots to get maximum protection against the deadly virus.

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