On Thursday, Germany’s vaccine committee recommended that everyone who received an astrazeneca first dose switch to BioNTech-Pfizer or Moderna jabs for better protection against the coronavirus, including against the Delta variant.
Studies show that the immune response is “ clearly superior when an Astrazeneca shot is combined with a second mRNA vaccine, compared with double Astrazeneca jabs, ” said STIKO.
The commission therefore recommended the mix “regardless of age” and with a minimum gap of four weeks between two jabs.
Pointing to studies in Britain, STIKO said protection against the delta variant is “significantly reduced” after only one shot.
“In this context, STIKO points out that it is important to get second vaccine dose,” it said.
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