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World: STIKO recommends Omikron-vaccines for Corona-Booster

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The constant vaccination commission (STIKO) recommends refreshing vaccinations with the adapted omicron vaccines. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) published a corresponding notification of the vaccination recommendation on Tuesday on its website. "The vaccine is fundamentally approved for all people who have received basic immunization," said STIKO member Christian Bogdan from the University Clinic Erlangen of the platform Science Media Center.

  Stiko empfiehlt Omikron-Impfstoffe für Corona-Booster © provided by Berliner Zeitung

, nothing will change to the previous criteria that would speak for a first or second refreshing vaccination, the professor continues. A second booster is therefore recommended for vulnerable groups, for example for people over the age of 60, patients with a weakened immune system or residents of care facilities. "In principle, vaccines are approved from the age of twelve," said Bogdan.

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In the past few weeks, several new Corona vaccines have been approved in the European Union. You are adapted to the prevailing omicron variant for months. This is the mutation BA.1 and Ba.4/Ba.5. In addition to Omikron, the original coronavirus is also taken into account with the new vaccines. A better immune response against omikron and a refresher against the so -called wild type are to be achieved.

According to Bogdan, the decision was difficult because relatively few data was available. This is particularly the case with the newer vaccin, which is adapted to the Omikron variants Ba.4 and Ba.5. The STIKO is "not particularly happy" that so far there would be no data that had been obtained from studies to humans. The responsible authorities would release the preparations based on experiments on mice and knowledge about the forerunners of the vaccines. In contrast, there are studies on people with the vaccine, which is tailored to the virus mutation BA.1.

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The virus cannot be banished from Germany, even with the adapted preparations, the professor said. It remains with the primary goal of preventing serious illnesses and deaths through infections with SARS-COV-2. Bogdan certified Germany "a very good basic immunity among the population". The RKI estimates that more than 90 percent developed antibodies due to illness or vaccination. around one tenth has already undergone an infection. According to Bogdan,

does not need a fourth dose with a healthy immune system and the recommended three vaccinations with a healthy immune system and the recommended three vaccinations. According to the STIKO member, a solid infection is to be assessed like a vaccination. The advice of experts to the target group for a four -way vaccination is to use available preparations and not to wait for newer preparations.

Despite the planned recommendation, the previous COVID-19 vaccines can also be used. Bogdan classifies all existing preparations as very effective against serious disease courses. The new vaccines are about preparing against possible other variants of Omikron.

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