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Changes made to COVID vaccine Booster protocol

The Ministry of Health has announced changes in the time interval for Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine boosters with immediate effect.
These changes have become necessary since documented data and published studies have shown that the Omicron variant requires additional vaccine protection the ministry says.
The COVID-19 Vaccination National Technical Working Group is therefore recommending that the interval for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters should be changed from 6 months to 5 months after the second dose of the vaccine.
The interval for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine booster is changed from 6 months to 3 months after the second dose of the vaccine.
In addition, Pfizer vaccine boosters for individuals who are 12 to 17 years old are now available.
These changes are effective immediately and the booster shots are available at the Multipurpose and Villa Polyclinics vaccination sites and some health centres.

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