What to look out for with Moderna and Biontech's booster vaccinations?

COVID Vaccination : Pros & Cons of booster doses—EUROPEANS24
[COVID vaccination: Booster Doses]

The booster's purpose is to reactivate the corona protection. But what are the possible adverse effects? Is it possible to break the fourth wave in this manner?

In Germany, the desire to vaccinate has recently declined dramatically. The fourth corona wave, as well as impending booster vaccines, are assuring that vaccination booths are frequented once more. About 70% of the country's population is properly vaccinated against Corona.

While politicians try to persuade unvaccinated individuals to sting on talk programs and at press conferences, the first are already having their third vaccine - the booster immunization. In Germany, almost four million individuals received their booster (as of November 15). This is based on data from the Robert Koch Institute. The fourth wave should be broken with the use of booster vaccines. However, what are the risks of a booster vaccination? And when will it be your turn?

Side effects after the booster: Moderna and Biontech

Pre- and post-booster vaccination anxiety lines are presently baseless. After the third spade, there has been no indication of significant adverse effects. It is to be assumed that the regular vaccine responses will occur. The immune system is stimulated by the booster, which results in the production of new antibodies.

Which vaccines are administered as a booster?

The booster immunization is done with Biontech and Moderna mRNA vaccines. Depending on the vaccine administered, the adverse effects are fairly similar to those seen following the second immunization. These do not, however, have to occur. "The vaccine effects are typically mild or moderate," the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) notes on a booster vaccination booklet.

Which booster should I get following a cross-vaccination?

Regardless of the vaccinations used, the Standing Immunization Commission recommends employing an mRNA vaccine for booster vaccination. Biontech or Moderna vaccines should be used for cross-vaccination. Anyone who has already been immunized with an mRNA vaccine should have a booster immunization with the same vaccine as feasible.

The following are the most prevalent negative effects of Biontech's booster vaccination:

★Pain or Swelling at the injection site
★Joint Pain
★Muscle Pain

After receiving the Biontech vaccine, nausea and redness at the injection site were less common. Isolated lymph node swellings, sleeplessness, soreness in the immunization arm, lethargy, itching at the injection site, or hypersensitivity responses have been reported, according to the RKI.

The most prevalent negative effects of a booster immunization with Moderna are:

★Headache & Muscle Pain
★ Swelling or tenderness of the lymph nodes in the armpit 
★Pain,swelling or redness at the injection site 
★Joint Pain 
★Nausea or vomiting 

Can Germany's fourth corona wave be stopped by booster vaccination?

Booster vaccination, according to recent research published in the " New England Journal of Medicine " and " The Lancet ", decreases the chance of re-infection as well as severe courses and hospital admissions. The research is based on data from Israel, where the third vaccine has been in use since July.

The achievements in Israel highlight the advantages of the booster in combatting pandemics. Experts, on the other hand, believe that Germany's booster vaccines are too late to serve as a deterrent. Even if you succeeded to increase 7% of the population every week, it would take roughly a month for the impact to develop and become obvious in the incidence data, according to modeler Viola Priesemann of the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen on Monday.

In a special episode of the NDR podcast "Coronavirus Update" on Tuesday, Christian Karagiannidis, scientific director of the Divi intensive care register and president of the German Society for Internal Intensive Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine, said: "Bringing for the acute situation in the next three or four weeks the booster was of course nothing today."

Booster vaccines, on the other hand, are critical in the long run in the battle against the virus. This is supported by the findings of Israeli researchers.

When can you get your booster vaccination?

In theory, six months following the second corona vaccine, all immunized people can have a booster immunization. At the beginning of November, the federal and state health ministers reached an agreement on this.

On the other hand, Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) makes it plain that all Germans over the age of 18 can have a coronavirus booster vaccine before the six-month period following the previous immunization.

"The six-month interval for complete immunization for people over the age of 18, as stipulated in the approval, is to be understood as a guideline," Spahn and Andreas Gassen, chairman of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, wrote to all contract doctors in Germany in a letter to all contract doctors.

According to this, doctors can vaccinate every patient over the age of 18, even if they do not fit into the existing STIKO risk groups, as soon as possible and before the end of the six-month period, at their discretion, say Spahn and Gassen.

Who gets which vaccine with the booster vaccination?

When a booster is provided, the German Federal Ministry of Health does not recommend modifying the vaccination. "If feasible, the vaccine used for basic vaccination should be utilized in the case of mRNA vaccines," the Ministry of Health states.

On the other hand, American mRNA scientist Rob Swandacher released a table indicating that a different vaccine should be used for the booster than for the previous inoculation.

Booster vaccination: where can Germans get the booster vaccination?

Currently, booster vaccines are given by resident doctors, mobile vaccination teams, or corporate doctors. In the vaccination centers that are still open, booster shots are also administered.

Who would benefit the most from a booster vaccination?

People with a weakened immune system should get a booster immunization ( immunosuppression ). They produce less antibodies as a result of the immunization, allowing them to reactivate their protection against Covid-19. Vulnerable populations will also get the booster injection directed at the heart. A booster vaccine is recommended by the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko), especially for those over the age of 70.

Stiko recommendation for a booster vaccination:

  • Residents: inside care facilities for elderly residents 
  • Residents in facilities for people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups
  • People in need of care
  • People with an immunodeficiency
  • People aged 80 and over
  • People aged 60 and over after individual consideration and medical advice
  • Personnel who are in regular contact with infectious people, for example in medical facilities or care facilities
  • Household contacts of people with severe immunodeficiency
  • Individuals who received a full series of vaccines from AstraZeneca
  • People who have received a vaccine dose of a vector vaccine following coronavirus infection

Booster vaccination is also advised for persons who have received vector vaccinations from Johnson & Johnson or Astrazeneca. Vaccination boosters are even recommended by the Saxon Vaccination Commission (Siko) for all immunized persons aged 12 and up.
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