German health minister urges people at risk to get second COVID booster

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BERLIN, March 25 (Reuters) – Germany’s health minister on Friday urged people over age 60 with risk factors such as high blood pressure or a weak heart to get a second booster shot against COVID-19 to reduce their risk of getting seriously ill.

Karl Lauterbach said he had asked the STIKO vaccine authority to adjust its current recommendation for a second booster to include a bigger group of people.

Only 10% of the people for whom a fourth vaccination is currently recommended have received it so far, the minister said.

Photo – German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach. EPA-EFE/FILIP SINGER / POOL

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