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On Monday the first vaccinations with the updated BA.4 and BA.5 vaccines

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The updated vaccines are for booster dose only – completion of primary vaccination is required before the updated bivalent vaccine is given.

Vaccinations begin on Monday, October 3, with the new updated vaccines targeting the BA.4, BA.5 subvariants, the Omicron mutation of SARS-COV2, as well as the original strain of the coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, China in 2019.

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The platform for all booster dose beneficiaries was opened on September 27 and by September 28, 12,185 appointments had been scheduled.

It is recalled that booster vaccinations with the updated BA.1 vaccine began on September 14, as it was the first approved by the EMA on September 1.

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By 28 September, 41,839 vaccinations with the updated BA.1 vaccine had been carried out, of which 4,338 were for the 1st booster dose, 31,499 for the 2nd booster dose and 5,997 for the 3rd booster dose. With the same vaccine, 10,870 appointments were scheduled until September 28.

The updated vaccines are for a booster dose only. Therefore, before the administration of the updated bivalent vaccine, the completion of the basic vaccination is required.

Primary vaccination includes two doses of the monovalent mRNA vaccines or the protein vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine for the general population and 3 doses of the monovalent mRNA vaccines for immunocompromised patients. Booster doses are now only given with the updated vaccines.

Experts recommend vaccination with the updated vaccines to strengthen immunity and prevent severe disease, stressing that timely vaccination with the booster dose is more important than the type of vaccine to be administered.

The beneficiaries of the memorial installments

It is recommended to administer a booster dose with the updated bivalent vaccines (BA.1, BA.4/BA.5) against the coronavirus at least 3 months after the last dose of the vaccine or the coronavirus disease:

* to all persons aged 60 and over

* to people aged 12-59 who belong to high-risk groups according to the instructions of the attending physician

* to residents and workers in care units for the elderly or other care units for the chronically ill

* to health professionals

* in people living with immunosuppression or other underlying disease

* to caregivers of people suffering from diseases that increase the risk of complications from coronavirus

It is clarified that:

-‘Persons who have already been vaccinated with the second booster dose of the monovalent vaccines and belong to the above groups can be vaccinated with the updated bivalent vaccines (as long as a period of at least 3 months has passed).

-‘People who got sick after the administration of the second booster dose of the monovalent vaccines have no contraindications and can be vaccinated with the updated bivalent vaccines with the consent of the attending physician.

– The possibility of vaccination with bivalent updated vaccines for a second booster or third booster dose is individually provided to people aged 30 to 59 who do not belong to the above categories with the consent of the attending physician.

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