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Health worker prepares dose of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine in Panama City, Panama, July 21 | Photo: EFE / Bienvenido Velasco

Germany will begin, from September, to apply a third dose of vaccine against Covid-19 in vulnerable people and will extend the vaccination campaign to more than 12 years, the country’s health authorities informed on Monday (2).

“We have enough vaccines for all age groups,” German Health Minister Jens Spahn said. “We keep our promise: anyone who wants to can get vaccinated in the summer.” Spahn and the health ministers of Germany’s 16 states have agreed to extend vaccination to people aged 12 to 17.

The country’s vaccine regulator, Stiko, had previously recommended that only children and adolescents aged 12 to 17 with health problems or living with people in the group most at risk for Covid-19 be vaccinated . However, people in this age group outside of these categories may already be vaccinated with the approval of their parents and doctors. About 900,000 children aged 12 to 17 have been vaccinated in Germany, according to the ministry.

Seniors and people with weakened immune systems who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 for at least six months may receive a third dose of the vaccine. The booster vaccination will be given with doses of Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines, regardless of what the person has already received. In addition to these two vaccinations, Germany is using the Astrazeneca and Janssen vaccines in its campaign.

As of Sunday, 52.3% of the German population had received full doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, while 61.7% had been inoculated with at least one dose.