WHO Recommends COVID-19 Booster Shot for Immunocompromised People

The World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine advisory group has recommended  on Oct. 11 a COVID-19 booster shot for people with weakened immune systems.

After a four-day meeting, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization said that an additional dose of a WHO-approved vaccine should be offered to moderately and severely immunocompromised people.

“These individuals are less likely to respond adequately to vaccination following a standard primary vaccine series and are at high risk of severe COVID-19 disease,” SAGE said.

The final report will be issued on December.

Vaccines approved by WHO include ones developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Jonhson, as well as Chinese-made Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines.

SAGE has also reviewed the vaccine developer by Indian company Bharat Biotech and will issue a recommendation for WHO’s emergency use listing.

SAGE also recommended a third dose for those aged 60 and above who received the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines.

SAGE, however, stressed that it was not recommending a booster shot for the general population, which is already being rolled out in some countries, such as the United States.

SAGE said that it will review the issue of booster shots on Nov. 11.

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