Polish third dose of the vaccine for the health service and people over 50 years of age
The government plans to introduce a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for health care workers and people over 50, said Deputy Health Minister Waldemar Kraska.
"Many countries have decided to administer the third dose, and we also, following the recommendation of the Medical Council, want to send such a third booster dose to Poles. [...] And this third dose will be for people who are and work actively with patients, i.e. healthcare professionals, also for people over 50," said Kraska during the press conference.
From the beginning of September, an additional dose of the vaccine can be administered to people with reduced immunity: undergoing chemotherapy, patients with cancer, dialysis or autoimmune diseases. So far, the third dose has been taken by 8,000 out of 220,000 people from this group.
Yesterday, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski announced that the Polish government would not wait with the decision on the third dose until the expected issuance of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommendation.
The EMA is examining the data proposal presented by Pfizer-BioNTech on the improvement of the body's immune response following the administration of the third dose of Comirnata. At the same time, the minister announced that an mRNA vaccine would most likely be administered as a booster dose.
So far, over 36.9 million vaccinations have been performed in total. The number of fully vaccinated people is over 19.2 million.