Health Minister Marta Temido said on Thursday that, in principle, the fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, the second booster, should be started “before the start of next autumn-winter”, although it can be carried forward if necessary.
At a press conference at the end of the Council of Ministers, the official was asked about this: “It is known that the EMA issued guidelines on this subject and the Technical Commission on Vaccination considered that this confirmation should take place shortly before the coming September-winter.
“Within this framework, the technical structures of the Ministry of Health will, of course, continue to monitor developments in vaccine efficacy in the sense of measuring potential reductions that may justify predicting a booster dose,” he said in the same statement.
These statements came after pulmonologist Raquel Duarte, who heads the government’s advisory group, said it was “it is necessary to “anticipate a second or fourth dose, as the majority of this population is over 65 years of age and has been vaccinated for a longer period”.
“We are reaching a stage of stability that is largely due to the protective factor of the vaccine, as the first booster dose is associated with a large reduction in severe forms of the disease – meaning we have little effect on hospitalization or mortality,” he explained, quoting DN.
Raquel Duarte continued: “Therefore, I would say that the current scenario imposes a need to protect the oldest and most vulnerable populations, those at higher risk of developing severe forms of the disease.”