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Booster shot: Which vaccine to choose and when, with or without falling ill with Covid-19

Secretary General of Greece’s Primary Health Care, Marios Themistokleous, gave detailed instructions for the administration of the booster shot – 3rd dose- of the vaccines against Covid-19.

Speaking at the Live Briefing on Monday, Themistoklous clarified which vaccine can be chosen by citizens who have had administered mRNA, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson as basic vaccination.

Those who have taken the first two doses with mRNA vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna) or Astrazeneca are advised receive an mRNA vaccine as the booster shot (third dose) six months after the second dose.

Those who have taken one dose of Johnson & Johnson are advised to take the booster dose two months later, either with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or with the mRNA vaccine (1 dose Pfizer or half dose Moderna).

For those who received the first dose with mRNA vaccine and the second with Johnson & Johnson, a booster shot is not recommended, Themistokleous reportedly said.

Regarding the booster shot for those who contracted the coronavirus, Themistokleous noted that detailed instructions are uploaded at the health ministry’s website emvolio.gov.gr (in Greek) as there are several sub-cases.

The general rule is vaccination 6 months after falling ill with Covid-19.

For booster shot after full vaccination (2 doses Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or 1 dose J&J), + falling ill with coronavirus: booster shot 6 months later with 1 dose Pfizer or 1/2 dose Moderna).

Themistokleous stressed that a vaccination program on small islands with no health structures is underway. On some islands the program has already been completed, while schedules are planned for next week.

About 17,000 of the 20,000 citizens who have applied have already been vaccinated at home. In order for this to happen, a certificate from the treating physician is required, the doctor also makes the appointment.

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