Our colleagues from RTL recently spoke to the president of the Superior Council for Infectious Diseases.
Last week, Minister of Health Paulette Lenert announced in the Chamber that people above the age of 75 and residents of senior and care homes will be offered a third dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Studies have shown that elderly people tend to have fewer antibodies in the first place, and often decrease their levels over time. Especially in light of the upcoming autumn, it is important to protect vulnerable citizens.
Dr Staub commented: "Since there were so many infections in senior and care homes last year, we want to be extra careful this time around."
A third dose is also offered to dialysis patients and people with immune deficiencies. Dr Staub further expects that health care workers will soon be given a chance for a third jab, given that most of them were vaccinated about ten months ago.
The fact that a booster shot is helpful is confirmed by data from abroad, as Dr Staub underlined: "Israel has been administering third doses since July, and we see that infections and hospitalisations are down."
Nevertheless, there are still people who have not been vaccinated at all. The rate for residents above the age of 12 is 72% at the moment. Sixty to 65% of personnel in senior and care homes have been vaccinated to date.