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Vaccination focusing on persons aged 60+ in next three weeks

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Ljubljana - Health authorities have recommended that Covid-19 vaccination be focused in the next three weeks on older persons so that shots are given to all Slovenian residents aged 60 or older who want to get vaccinated.

The National Public Health Institute (NIJZ) said on Thursday that the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines should be administered to persons aged 65+, and to particularly vulnerable chronic patients regardless of age and residents of care homes.

The AstraZeneca vaccine is recommended for persons aged 60-64, and older persons if they express interest in vaccination with this vaccine.

The NIJZ said that the recommendations were made in accordance with the changed strategy for Covid-19 vaccination and taking into account the situation in which the quantities of vaccine are limited.

It proposes that, due to the deteriorating epidemiological situation and the consequent stoppage of public life until 12 April, vaccination be focused on persons aged 60 and older in the next three weeks.

This is in line with the objectives of the NIJZ strategy and decisions of the government advisory task force for vaccination, the institute said, adding that "this would utilise the available doses of the vaccine to protect the most vulnerable."

In the meantime, data on the possible and exceptionally rare serious side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the younger population reported in some European countries will be analysed.


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