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According to a report, the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) wants to recommend the fourth corona vaccination to all people between the ages of 60 and 69.
The condition is that the first booster vaccination or the last corona infection was at least six months ago, the “Bild” newspaper reported on Monday from a draft decision by Stiko.
According to the paper updating the Covid 19 vaccination recommendation, the interval can only be reduced to four months in “justified individual cases”.
So far, Stiko has recommended the fourth vaccination for people over the age of 70, for high-risk patients and for employees in medical and nursing facilities.
Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach (SPD), on the other hand, has also raised the issue of the fourth vaccination for people under 60.
A fourth vaccination is also recommended for people from the age of five with an increased risk of severe Covid-19 courses due to an underlying disease such as immune deficiency, diabetes or cardiovascular diseases, reported “Bild” from the draft decision.
A vaccination campaign for the second booster vaccination should start in mid-September "in order to achieve optimal protection in the coming autumn or winter," according to the Stiko paper.
Citizens should not wait for the adapted Omicron vaccine, which is expected in September.
"It is not recommended to wait for an adapted vaccine and therefore to postpone an indicated vaccination," says the draft decision.
As soon as variant-adapted vaccines are approved and available, Stiko will “process the evidence and adjust its recommendation if necessary”.
The Robert Koch Institute did not want to comment on the "Bild" report when asked.