EU urges second COVID-19 boosters for people ages 60 to 79

The European Union says it’s “critical” that authorities in the 27-nation bloc consider giving second coronavirus booster shots to people between the ages of 60 and 79 years and other vulnerable people, as a new wave of the pandemic sweeps over the continent.

“With cases and hospitalizations rising again as we enter the summer period, I urge everybody to get vaccinated and boosted as quickly as possible. There is no time to lose,” European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides says in a statement.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Medicines Agency say that the second boosters can be given at least four months after the first booster.

Today’s advice comes after the agencies in April recommended that people over age 80 be considered for a second booster.

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