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High-Risk Groups Urged to Get COVID-19 Booster Shots Every 4 Months

High-risk groups in Thailand have been urged by public officials to receive COVID-19 booster doses every four months to remain protected against the disease.

The recommendation is based on data that indicated COVID-19 immunity goes down by the three- to four-month-mark after vaccination, said Department of Disease Control (DDC) Director-General Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong via the National News Bureau of Thailand on June 16.

He identified high-risk groups such as the elderly, those with comorbidities, and pregnant women. He added that those who travelled abroad or are immunocompromised must also get a booster dose every four months.

Moreover, the report said that the DDC's subcommittee on disease immunity has given the go-ahead for the 25-microgram per dose of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine to be used on children aged six to 11.

The public may also receive other vaccines despite receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on the same day, save for viral vector vaccines. As per the subcommittee, viral vector vaccines require a gap in inoculation since these use live viruses and may decrease vaccine efficiency when received concurrently.

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