A Quick Guide to COVID-19 Booster Vaccination

What is a booster vaccination?
Carmen Lobitz
What is a booster vaccination?
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Booster vaccination” generally means that people receive an additional vaccine injection sometime after a complete vaccination. Let us illustrate some aspects of booster vaccinations with respect to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation. A Booster is either the third dose of an approved mRNA-vaccine after the two primary vaccinations or the second dose after a single immunization.

We already know the principle of booster vaccinations from other vaccines such as tetanus or polio. Booster vaccinations aim to prevent infections and reduce severe COVID infections. Eventually, this lowers the hospitalization rate and the occupancy in intensive care unit. The mRNA-vaccines by BioNtech/Pfizer and Moderna have been approve as booster vaccines.

Who should have a booster vaccination and when to get it?

Initially, a booster was only recommended for the over 70-year-olds, care attendants, and people with immune deficiencies. Today the German vaccination board (“Ständige Impfkommission”, STIKO) advises that all initially immunized people who are over 18 years old (including pregnant women) should get a booster vaccination. Especially advised are people who received their…

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