Over 60s in Ukraine now eligible for COVID-19 booster shot

4 January, 01:25 PM
A woman gets her COVID-19 vaccine jab in Odesa Oblast (Photo:Odesa Oblast Health Care Center)

A woman gets her COVID-19 vaccine jab in Odesa Oblast (Photo:Odesa Oblast Health Care Center)

People aged over 60 in Ukraine are now eligible for a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine, Ukraine’s Ministry of Health has announced.

The ministry said Ukrainian Health Minister Viktor Liashko on Jan. 4 signed a decree making booster shots available to this age group, which is more vulnerable to the disease.

People over the age of 60 will now be eligible to receive a third COVID-19 vaccine dose six months after their second shot. Physicians recommend getting a booster shot between six and nine months after the second jab.

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Comirnaty/Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be prioritized for administering booster doses.

Those who were previously vaccinated with Coronovac, created by China’s Sinovac Biotech, are advised to receive a Comirnaty/Pfizer booster dose. If a mRNA vaccine is not available, other vaccines can be used based on the Ukrainian healthcare service’s guidelines.

The validity of a person’s Ukrainian COVID-19 vaccination certificate will be extended after they receive their booster dose.  

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