The government adopted a recommendation that a third “booster” dose of a COVID-19 vaccine could be used six months after full inoculation, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Tuesday.
This pertains first to people over 50 years of age and medics. The registration process will be launched on September 24.
Deputy Minister of Health Waldemar Kraska pointed out that protection after vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 - similarly to other vaccinations - decreases over time.
“That is why many countries have decided to administer the third dose and we also - on the recommendation of the Medical Council - want to send this third booster dose to Poles,” he said, recalling that some patients with diseases that reduce immunity can already take the third dose.
Mr Kraska pointed out that epidemic statistics are proof of the effectiveness of vaccinations.
“The daily numbers of infections that we are currently observing, if we went back a few months, when the previous wave was ahead, then with such a number of daily infections there were 10 times more deaths than now,” the deputy Health Minister stated
“It is really worth getting vaccinated, so we extend the vaccination by the third dose to strengthen our immunity. Therefore, I encourage everyone to take the third dose. It is in the interest of not only ourselves, but also our loved ones,” he added.
Deputy Minister Kraska said that the products from Pfizer and Moderna will be used as a third dose. According to the recommendation of the Medical Council, they can also be applied after single-dose vaccines.