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WHO advisers urge third Covid-19 vaccine dose for some people

An expert group that is advising the World Health Organisation (WHO) on vaccines has recommended the use of booster vaccines in some people.

The group has recommended a third vaccine dose for those who are immunocompromised as well as elderly people to get an extra dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as part of their regular schedule.


During a briefing, WHO vaccine director Dr. Kate O’Brien stated that the group was advising that those with weaker immune systems “should receive an additional dose” of the vaccine.

O’Brien stated that the third dose should be administered to people sometime between one to three months after the second dose.

She added that this does not apply to healthy, younger adults who have a normal response to vaccination and have no underlying conditions.


The expert group has recommended that people get the same vaccine they received for the original immunisation where possible.

In the past, the WHO has expressed opposition towards the idea of booster doses, stating that additional doses should be delivered to developing countries instead.

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