2021.10.12 11:29

Lithuania to offer Covid-19 booster shots to everyone shortly – ministry

BNS2021.10.12 11:29

Lithuania will shortly start offering Covid-19 booster shots to everyone, Lukas Galkus, adviser to the Health Ministry, said on Tuesday. 

"Probably not yet this week, but certainly in the near future," he told LRT RADIO when asked when a mass booster vaccination campaign would start.

The decision follows the recommendation of the European Medicines Agency and Lithuanian health experts to administer booster shots to all adults, according to Galkus.

Currently, people aged 65 and older, healthcare workers and nursing and care home staff are eligible for a booster dose six months after their last shot.

Galkus confirmed that around 39,000 people had taken their booster shots so far, including 17,000 eligible seniors.

The Council of Health Experts, set up by the government, recommended on Monday to start a mass booster vaccination campaign in the country.

The mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna can be used for a booster dose, but the experts decided to wait for more data on Moderna's vaccine following reports that some countries have stopped administering the jab to young males.

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