Teenagers may in the future undergo revaccination against coronavirus infection in the same way as the adult population of the country. This was announced on Thursday, November 25, by the director of the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology (NITsEM) named after N.F. Gamaleya, Alexander Gintsburg.
“It will be necessary to watch, now they need to be vaccinated, and then to think about how often to revaccinate. Apparently, there should be no difference with adults, ”TASS quoted him as saying.
According to the methodological recommendations of the Ministry of Health, revaccination must be carried out six months after vaccination. “Routine” vaccination involves this procedure once a year.
On November 24, the Ministry of Health announced the registration of the Sputnik M coronavirus vaccine for adolescents from 12 to 17 years old. Immunization will be achieved by administering the two vaccine components 21 days apart.
According to the State Register of Medicines of the Ministry of Health, the registration certificate for the Sputnik M vaccine is valid for five years – until November 24, 2026.
Gunzburg spoke about the results of trials of the COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents. According to the specialist, adolescents who were vaccinated against coronavirus only had a fever.
He also noted that in adolescents aged 12 to 17 years, antibodies are produced better than in adults. He added that the vaccine for children is, in fact, the same “Sputnik V”, only “diluted five times.”
Russian authorities are urging residents to get vaccinated to protect their health and take care of their loved ones. Citizens are vaccinated for free. Five vaccines against coronavirus have been registered in the country: Sputnik V, which became the first vaccine against COVID-19 in the Russian Federation and the world, as well as Sputnik Light, EpiVacCorona, EpiVacCorona-N and KoviVak.
All relevant information on the situation with the coronavirus is available on the websites of stopcoronavirus.rf and accessvsem.rf, as well as by the hashtag #WeV Together. Coronavirus hotline: 8 (800) 2000-112.