Poland plans to extend time between first and second vaccination jab

The head of the PM's Office, Michał Dworczyk, said that the second dose of Pfizer vaccines will be administered 42 days after the first dose. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

The time between the administration of the first and the second dose of the Astra Zeneca Covid-19 vaccine is to be extended to 12 weeks, a government official said on Thursday.

The head of the PM's Office, Michal Dworczyk, said that the second dose of Pfizer vaccines will be administered 42 days after the first dose.

"We want to extend the time between the administration of the first and second dose, all according to manufacturers’ recommendations,” said Dworczyk.

“The current research results show that this can be done without compromising the effectiveness of the vaccines," he added.

According to Dworczyk, the change will come into force as of next week.

He also said that convalescent Covid-19 patients are to be vaccinated six months after infection, with a single dose recommended.

Dworczyk announced that so far 3.6 million people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Poland, including over 2.33 million with the first dose and 1.28 million with the second.

The minister added that some 3.5 million people are to receive the first dose by the end of the first quarter.