According to STIKO, anyone vaccinated against the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine should receive another dose of the mRNA vaccine for better protection. A group of experts said this could be done four weeks after Johnson & Johnson was vaccinated. As justification, STIKO referred to the so-called vaccination intervals. Due to the number of doses taken, most of these infections have been reported in people vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Germany.
Efficacy against the delta variant, which is prevalent in this country, is relatively low, unlike other coronavirus vaccines. “Due to insufficient vaccine protection after the single recommended dose of vaccine for this vaccine to date, STIKO recommends optimizing primary immunization with the COVID-19 vaccine Janssen mRNA vaccine as the next dose.”
On the contrary, Carsten Watzel, Secretary-General of the German Society of Immunology, stressed some time ago that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can protect well against the dangerous disease coronavirus.
This is not STIKO’s final recommendation yet. The relevant resolution proposal was agreed with expert groups and states. Therefore, changes are still possible. For the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, a single dose was previously considered sufficient for complete protection from vaccination, while two doses were given in other initially approved vaccines. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), more than 3.2 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been reported to date.
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