The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has issued a new report, which assesses the risk of the population in the face of the evolution of the pandemic until January 31, 2022, where it asks the EU and EEA countries to focus their actions on vaccinating the unvaccinated; maintain public health measures in force during the holidays and, as far as possible, administer the booster dose to people over 40 years of age, the elderly and vulnerable people.
Following its publication, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has said that “it is clear that we must intensify vaccination to control the pandemic” and has hoped to be able to “convince” the population that still resists inoculation.
New @ECDC_EU risk assessment is clear: we must step up vaccination to control the pandemic.°
We want to convince people to get vaccinated.°
Boosters should be available for adults, with priority for people over 40 and vulnerable people.°
And let’s keep distance and masks!
– Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) November 24, 2021
The report warns that the current average level of vaccine consumption in the EU / EEA will be insufficient to limit the burden of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations during the winter months.
Therefore, countries are urged to give the highest priority to people initially targeted by vaccination covid-19 programs who remain unvaccinated or are not yet fully vaccinated.
Likewise, it points out that covid-19 vaccination coverage should be increased in all eligible age groups, that is, those over 18 years of age, but particularly the elderly, the vulnerable, and health workers who “must follow being the priority “for public health authorities.
Third, the ECDC is addressing the National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAG) to study the possibility of giving the booster dose as soon as possible for those over 40 years of age, and that consideration be given to adults over 18 years, at least six months after full immunization.
The weekly rate of vaccination has “slowed down”
The report warns that the weekly rate of vaccination has “slowed down” and, if anything, it continues to develop thanks to the incorporation of the younger population. For this reason, it asks to reach the unvaccinated, since currently only 65.4% of the total population and 76.5% of the adult population are immunized with complete vaccination.
Four countries still report less than 50% of the total absorption of the vaccine in their population.
The ECDC recalls that vaccination continues to successfully prevent deaths, reducing hospitalizations and transmission in the EU / EEA, despite the emergence and continued dominance of the Delta variant, which is up to 60% more transmissible than the previously variant. dominant, Alpha (B.1.1.7).