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No 2nd corona booster for everyone: STIKO boss Mertens: Vaccination does not protect against infection for long

No 2nd corona booster for everyone
STIKO boss Mertens: Vaccination does not protect against infection for long

A corona vaccination does not protect against infection for long. That’s why, according to STIKO boss Mertens, there’s no point in vaccinating the general public regularly – and expanding the current recommendation for a fourth vaccination.

According to the Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO), the second corona booster vaccination should continue to be recommended only for people over 60 and people with previous illnesses. There are currently no plans to expand the existing corona vaccination recommendations, said STIKO chairman Thomas Mertens.

There is no reason for that. “Because it turns out that the vaccination does not offer long-term protection against a corona infection, but it does offer protection against a severe course,” said the Ulm virologist. It is unthinkable to have the general public vaccinated regularly to avoid infections. Everyone will foreseeably become infected again and again.

Regarding the development of the current corona infection situation, Mertens said that it was very difficult to predict. However, he expects the number of infections to increase by December. There is currently another wave of corona diseases, which is causing problems for clinics, mainly due to staff shortages and failures. Mertens also expects catch-up infections with the flu to a certain extent.

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