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COVID boosters: Are you now only fully vaccinated if you have 3 doses?

Across Europe, the COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of abating with several countries announcing further restrictions in recent days to contain a surge in new cases.

As well as a new lockdown, Austria announced this week that vaccination will be made compulsory from February 1, making it the first EU country to issue such a mandate.

But while vaccination programmes continue to progress, it is now becoming apparent that a third dose, or booster, will now be needed to keep COVID-19 cases numbers down.

On Monday, British prime minister Boris Johnson admitted that to be fully vaccinated no longer meant having two COVID jabs but rather three doses in order to prevent pandemic restrictions from being reinforced in the UK.

“Over time, the protection from two jabs starts to wane,” he told a press conference.

“The third jab boosts protection back up to over 90 per cent against symptomatic infection,” he added.

In the UK, the third dose has already been authorised for the over-50s and frail people…

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