LISBON, Portugal — Portugal will start administering booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to people ages 65 and older starting next week.
That’s according to the Assistant Secretary of State and Health, António Sales.
The move follows a recommendation by the European Union’s drug regulator to use booster shots in adults, a decision the European Medicine Agency says it based on evidence that antibody levels rise in people aged 18 or older once they are given an extra dose at least six months after their last one.
The World Health Organization’s chief had urged wealthy nations not to use booster doses this year in a widespread way, calling for vaccines available in developing countries first. But some of the 27 EU member nations had already begun administering booster shots.
With 85% of Portugal’s 10 million residents fully vaccinated, it is leading the world’s vaccination charts.