WHO changes COVID-19 vaccine recommendations


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WHO changes COVID-19 vaccine recommendations

Children gets vaccinated against COVID-19 at a mall in Cebu City on August 2, 2022, in preparation for the reopening of classes on August 22. According to the Department of Health, children are encouraged to be vaccinated, but that decision rests on their parents as COVID-19 vaccination is still not mandatory for students who will be participating in the face-to-face classes.

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The World Health Organization says this is an option for a subset of people who are at particular risk, but its recommendations are intended as a best practice global guide

The World Health Organization on Tuesday, March 28, changed its recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines, suggesting that high-risk populations should receive an additional dose 12 months after their last booster.

The health agency defined high-risk populations as older adults, as well as younger people with other significant risk factors. For this group, the agency recommends an additional shot of the vaccine either 6 or 12 months after the latest dose, based on factors such as age and immunocompromising conditions.

The WHO defined the group including healthy children and adolescents as “low priority” and urged countries to consider factors like disease burden before recommending vaccination of this group.

The recommendations come as countries take differing approaches for their populations. Some high-income countries like the United Kingdom and Canada are already offering high-risk people COVID-19 boosters this spring, six months after their last dose.

The WHO said this was an option for a subset of people who were at particular risk, but its recommendations were intended as a best practice global guide.

The agency said its committee of experts had also said that additional booster vaccines for COVID beyond the initial series – two shots and a booster – were no longer routinely recommended for “medium risk” people. –

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