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Following Israel, Germany to begin offering COVID booster shots next month

Germany will start offering COVID booster shots to the elderly and those at-risk from September, the health ministry says, citing concerns over “a reduced or rapidly declining immune response” among some groups.

The booster shot — either Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna — will also be offered to anyone who received the two-dose Astrazeneca or single-dose Johnson & Johnson jabs, the health ministry says, “in the interests of preventative healthcare.”

The announcement by Germany comes after Israel began administering booster shots to the elderly last week, making it the first country to do so. Israel started giving third shots of the Pfizer vaccine to the immunocompromised last month.

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