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2021.07.22 09:15

Lithuania to start offering booster vaccine shots to vulnerable people

BNS2021.07.22 09:15

Lithuania is likely to begin offering a third dose of coronavirus vaccine to people with weak immune systems next week, Health Minister Arūnas Dulkys said on Wednesday.

"The decision will be positive; legislation is currently being prepared," he told reporters. "We hope that the whole procedure will last no longer than until next week."

"We are not suggesting revaccination for the general public, at least for now. We are suggesting starting with very clear groups, such as immunosuppressed individuals, who have no or a very weak immune response to the vaccine," said Aurelija Žvirblienė, an immunologist of Vilnius University's Life Sciences Centre.

Israel, which was one of the first countries to roll out a vaccination programme, last week started administering a third shot of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine to patients with weak immune systems.

The Lithuanian government may also decide next week to allow administering a first dose of one vaccine and a second dose of another, according to Dulkys.

"It appears that there is enough research to allow us to mix some vaccines in the second dose," he said. "Experts are working on this".

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