Second booster dose against covid-19 is extended to people over 40

The Health Department (SES) decided to expand, as of this Tuesday (21/06), the second booster dose counts covid-19 for people aged 40 or over. The recommendation, following the guidance of the Ministry of Health, is that the immunization is done with vaccines from Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Janssen, after the interval of four months from the application of the first booster.

There has also been an update to the recommended regimen for those taking the primary regimen with Janssen (single dose). Anyone aged 18 or over should receive a second booster four months after the first booster. Those over the age of 40 now need a third booster, which should be given after a four-month break from the second.

The advancement in age may vary from municipality to municipality according to the availability of doses. At this time, the SES has a stock of vaccines to meet the needs of municipalities that may request it, in addition to maintaining the vaccination of other groups according to the recommended schedules.

The image shows a table with the JANSSEN vaccination schedules.
Vaccination schedules for individuals aged 40 years and over.

Janssen’s new recommendation

Those who started the vaccination schedule with a single dose of Janssen (primary single dose schedule) should also reinforce protection against the virus. In November 2021, a first booster had already been recommended for this public, which should occur two months after the initial single dose and could be with immunizers from Janssen, Pfizer or AstraZeneca. Now, these people (regardless of age) can take a second boost, four months apart from the first boost. If you are 40 years of age or older, you should still take a new booster (third booster or, in Janssen’s case, the fourth dose). There is no change in the schedule for those who received Janssen as a booster dose.

The image shows a table with the JANSSEN vaccination schedules.
JANSSEN vaccination schedules.

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