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Experts recommend booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine for those above 40 years

Top gennome scientists at INSACOG has recommended a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines for those above 40 years with preference to high-risk and high-exposure population.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated on 4 Dec 2021, 8:03 am

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Amid the emergence of OMICRON variant, INSACOG has recommended a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines for those above 40 years with preference to high-risk and high-exposure population.

The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Sequencing Consortium, a network of national testing labs, made the recommendation in its weekly bulletin.

"Consideration of a booster dose for those 40 years of age and over, first targeting the most high-risk / high-exposure may be considered, since low levels of neutralising antibodies from current vaccines are unlikely to be sufficient to neutralise Omicron, although risk of severe disease is still likely to be reduced," the INSACOG said.

The INSACOG said genomic surveillance will be critical for early detection of the presence of this Omicron variant, to ensure necessary public health facilities.

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