Greece’s National Vaccination Committee has given the green light for the 4th dose of vaccines against Covid-19, media report early Tuesday afternoon. Earlier today health officials had said that the 4th dose is currently not aiming at the general population or any age group but only a specific group of people with health issues.
The 4th dose is for those who are registered as immune-compromised, media reported citing sources.
The 4th dose will be administered 3 to 6 months after the booster shot and will reportedly concern some 250,000 people in Greece.
According to media, the online platform for appointment booking is expected to open in the following days. Healthreport.gr notes, in addition, that high risk groups that they can book an appointment for the 4th dose even 15 days before six months conclude after the booster shot. Greece started the booster shot program since Sept 13, 2021.
Speaking to state broadcaster ERT earlier, the general secretary of Primary Health Care, Marios Themistokleous said that the [online booking ?] system is ready for the administration of the 4th dose to those with compromised immunity. He noted that that the 4th dose for the general population has not be approved in EU countries and estimated that there will not be any 4th dose for the general population.
It is not clear whether the Omicron variant will demand a new, modified vaccine dose, he added.
Official announcements are expected later on Tuesday or on Wednesday.