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As the number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise, the U.S. intends to start administering booster doses for new variants of the COVID-19 virus starting next month, opting to skip the human trial stage in order to more quickly get the vaccines on the market. The European Medicines Agency is expected to receive marketing authorisation for the Omicron-1 vaccine by September, and the approval of the vaccine against Omicron-5 is likely to be reached by November, said Toivo Maimets, the head of the Scientific Council advising the Estonian government.

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According to the recommendation of the Estonian immunoprophylaxis expert committee, it is primarily risk groups that should get the second booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The risk groups include all people over the age of 60 and all people over the age of 12 who have a higher risk of suffering severely from the COVID-19 disease due to some chronic disease. People should get the second booster dose six months after their last dose or suffering from the disease.

Everything you should know about the COVID-19 vaccination

Vaccination is free of charge for all people living in Estonia, even without the national health insurance.
  • Vaccination is voluntary.
  • Vaccination is open to all people who are at least 5 years old.
  • Compared to COVID-19 illness, vaccination is safe, and generally, the side effects pass quickly.
  • Booster doses are available only for adults, and the time for a booster jab is 2 months after finishing the vaccination course with the Janssen vaccine, and 3 months after finishing the vaccination course with AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
  • Booster doses for people, who are recovered from COVID-19 are recommended 6 months after their recovery or their last vaccination.

Last updated: 4. August 2022, 14:57

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