Government to Discuss Possibility for Third Dose Of Covid-19 Vaccine

The Czech government is due to discuss approving a third Covid-19 vaccine dose for adults over 65, at-risk populations and essential workers, such as those in the healthcare and social work sectors.

“The clinical group has some ideas about it, but it has not been finalized yet. We point out that probably those who have had transplants, chronic patients, or elderly people could be vaccinated, but it is not decided, so it will take some time,” said Babiš.

He added that it is also necessary to formulate a policy towards antibodies. Although Czechs can be tested for antibodies, they are not yet recognized as evidence of immunity, unlike vaccination or prior illness.

So far, Austria is the only country in Europe that recognizes antibodies. “Let’s hope that soon experts will agree and reach a final decision,” said Babiš.

Hungary became the first EU country to offer a third shot of Covid vaccines to its population, with the campaign started on August 1. The booster shot should come at least four months after the second dose, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said, unless doctors advise otherwise.

A study conducted by Czech organisation Podane Ruce showed that up to 60 percent of seniors had significantly lower or no antibodies at all six months after being vaccinated and that a third dose was probably necessary for groups of people more at risk.

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