Unwrapped: Should all experts be on the same page for booster shots?

  • A second booster shot of Covid-19 vaccines is equivalent to a fourth dose for people who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna mRNA series.
  • The Expert Committee on Covid-19 (EC19V) does not recommend that people aged 60 to 79 years take a second booster shot, yet Director of Medical Services Kenneth Mak said on 22 April that they can take the jab if they wish to.
  • Through our weekly series Unwrapped this week, TheHomeGround Asia asks about the importance of boosters for protection against Covid-19 and whether the third shot wanes over time, making the fourth dose necessary.

In our weekly series Unwrapped, TheHomeGround Asia takes a closer look at major stories and happenings that impact Singaporeans.

While vaccine boosters help protect everyone against serious illness, some people are experiencing some symptom-like side effects that appear to be stronger than those from initial doses of the vaccine.

While the second booster is recommended for the elderly and those with compromised immune system, experts do not recommend that people aged 60 to 79 years take a second booster shot.

Yet, Director of Medical Services Kenneth Mak said on 22 April that those in this age group can take the jab if they wish to.

The team looks at whether the move is safe and whether different experts should be pushing different agenda when it comes to receiving booster shots. After all, the Covid-19 virus is still relatively new and there is not enough data to fall back on.

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