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Ministry of Health urges for Covid-19 third dose booster

Ministry of Health urges for Covid-19 third dose booster. This comes following an increase in infections and deaths in the past weeks.

The Ministry of Health and Child Care has advised that the third dose booster of Covid-19 vaccinations proceeds with the same vaccine type used for the first and second dose for avoidance of doubt.

In a statement, the Ministry Permanent Secretary Air Commodore Dr Jasper Chimedza said given the high risk of severe Covid-19 infections in high risk populations it was necessary for a third dose booster despite the manufacturers having not revised their Covid-19 vaccines to include it.

“The Medicine Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) has highlighted that the five Covid-19 vaccines approved in Zimbabwe, manufacturers have not yet revised their Covid-19 vaccine indications to include third dose booster vaccine, given the high risk of severe Covid-19 infections in high risk populations especially health workers, this proposed policy be used under the auspices of the Section 75 of the Medicines and Allied Substances Act (Chapter 15:03) with stringent adverse effects following immunisation (AEFI) surveillance, patients counseling and expert prescribes consultations,” read part of the statement.

Dr Chimedza said there shall be no mixing of different vaccine types. “There be at least six- months interval between the second dose and the booster dose. “The booster dose is recorded on the same vaccination card with the first and second dose.

“There be at least six- months interval between the last post recovery PCR negative test following an episode of Covid-19 infection.

“In all cases other contraindications to Covid-19 vaccination still apply to the third booster dose. “Those with high antibody titres to SARS-COV-2 should not be offered a booster dose,” read the rest of the statement.

Source – H-Metro

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