Faced with a slowdown in the rate of vaccination and the resurgence of the virus due to the Delta variant, Germany will offer a third dose of booster vaccine from September 1 to better cope with a possible new wave in winter.
The German Ministry of Health announced on Monday the next prescription of a 3rd dose of vaccine against the coronavirus to elderly and vulnerable populations, as well as to people who have not received a messenger RNA vaccine.
“The booster vaccinations will be carried out with one of the two messenger RNA vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, editor’s note)”, indicates the ministry according to which this decision is “in the interest of preventive health care”.
The recall will first be offered in retirement homes, accommodation for vulnerable groups and integration centers. The country has not subscribed to a logic of compulsory vaccination but strongly encourages its citizens to be vaccinated. This third dose is offered to people who have received their second dose for 6 months.
For this new measure, the Ministry of Health says it is relying on studies which show that “the immune response is reduced or in rapid decline after a complete vaccination against Covid-19” in certain populations, “in particular for patients immunocompromised as well as the very old and those requiring care ”.
Thanks to its vaccination strategy, with 52% of Germans fully vaccinated, the country has been able to slow down the spread of the virus compared to European neighborhoods. But in recent weeks, new covid infections have increased in particular because of the Delta variant which is currently wreaking havoc in most of the affected countries.
The Robert Koch Institute for Public Health Surveillance indicated as a daily assessment a total of 847 new cases of infection and 1 death, when the average in the country is rather around 2,000 new cases.