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Vaccine efficacy and duration of protection

Will I need to get a booster shot next year to protect against any new variants?

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12/9/2021

It is still too early to know whether it will be necessary to periodically receive COVID-19 vaccine booster doses. The data available so far indicate that the duration of protection can reach up to at least 12 months and the coverage against the currently circulating variants of the virus ranges from very high to acceptable.

At present, laboratory tests are still being carried out to determine the exact neutralizing capacity of the currently available vaccines against the new and future variants. At present, the most important aim is to vaccinate with the currently available vaccines as many people as possible.

If at some point booster shots are considered necessary according to the available evidence, the concrete information and recommendations will be communicated accordingly.

  • It is not yet known whether COVID-19 vaccine booster doses will be needed to remain protected.

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