Poland likely to approve second Covid booster for over-60s

Poland will likely announce on Thursday that it recommends a second Covid-19 booster shot for everyone over 60 provided this will be approved by appropriate bodies. Marcin Bielecki/PAP

Poland will likely announce on Thursday that it recommends a second Covid-19 booster shot for everyone over 60 provided this will be approved by appropriate bodies.


The announcement was made by Health Minister Adam Niedzielski during a press briefing in Tarnowskie Gory, southern Poland, on Monday.

Last Monday, European Union health agencies recommended a second Covid-19 booster for everyone over 60, as well as medically vulnerable people, amid a new rise in infections and hospitalisations across Europe.

"Under way are consultations with the Council for Covid-19, which will meet tomorrow, and with a team for vaccinations at the health minister," Niedzielski said, repeating that the decision would probably be announced on Thursday provided that it would be approved by the two bodies.

Niedzielski reminded that currently everyone over 80 can have the fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

The minister admitted that the number of new infections was on the rise but stated that this had not been followed by an increasing trend in hospital admissions and occupancy. He also said that the number of occupied hospital beds have been constantly monitored.

"If there are any alarming signals, we will surely start implementing new mechanisms," Niedzielski concluded.