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Reinfection with Omicron is more likely; no vaccine 4th dose for general population

President of Greece’s National Vaccination Committee said on Monday that anyone who gets ill with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is more likely to become re-infected than if they came down with one of the other variants. The president also said that the 4th dose of vaccination is for immune-compromized only and not for the general population.

Speaking at the weekly Live Briefing on Monday evening, president Maria Theodoridou said that the Omicron has higher transmissibility and “increased potential of the virus for re-infections.”

“Natural defense from Alpha, Beta and Delta variants offers 90% protection against Omicron,” she said, adding that the likelihood of re-infection is higher with those that got ill with the Omicron variant as the body’s natural defense offers 60% protection.

Theodoridou reiterated that the 4th dose of vaccination is for immune-compromised citizens and that there is no plan for the 4th dose to be administered to the general population.

She referred to the recommendations of the CDC that the 4th doses is not recommended for all citizens as it would not add to immunity towards the covid-19 variants.

“There is strong recommendation for the booster shot, while the 4th dose is for specific cases as the immune-compromised,” she stressed.

Theodoridou added that the vaccinations goal is protection from serious illness.

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