ATHENS – The new updated booster shots of the Covid-19 vaccine, which target the sub-variants BA.4, BA.5 and Omicron in addition to the original SARS-CoV-2 virus first identified in China, have started to be administered in Greece on Monday.
The online platform for booking appointments for a booster has been available since September 27, with 12,185 appointments scheduled by September 28.
Vaccinations using the updated BA.1 booster, which was approved by the EMA on September 1, began on September 14 and 41,839 doses were administered by September 28, of which 31,499 were second booster shots, 4,338 were first booster shots and 5,997 were 3rd booster shots.
The updated vaccines are only designed for use as booster shots so basic vaccination must first be completed before the updated bivalent vaccine can be administered.
Experts recommend getting the updated vaccines to boost immunity and prevent serious disease, stressing that prompt vaccination is more important than the type of vaccine given. It is strongly recommended for persons over 60, individuals aged 12-59 that are in a high-risk group based on their doctor’s orders, those who live or work in care homes, health professionals, those living with individuals who are immunosuppressed or have some other underlying ailment and those caring for people with ailments that increase the risk of complications from Covid-19.