Which offers better protection against the omicron variant – three vaccinations with the same vaccine or a cross-vaccination? A British study sheds light on this.
The omicron variant is spreading faster and faster in Germany, like echo24.de* in the current corona ticker* reported. It is therefore all the more important to get boosters in good time. The third spade is not only considered good protection against the highly contagious omicron variant of the corona virus, but also saves you the way to the next test station.
Because: In the meantime, apply throughout Germany strict corona measures*, for which boosters are an exception and, for example, are exempt from the test requirement. But which vaccine is the best to be boosted with?
In Germany, the vaccines from Biontech or Moderna are currently available for the third peak. However, the one newly approved in the EU applies Corona vaccine from Novavax “better than vector vaccines for boosters“.* A study by English scientists is now examining the protection against omicrons with three identical vaccines and cross-vaccinations – the latter perform significantly better.
New study from England: Booster cross-vaccination shows higher protection against omicron
Moderna or Biontech, which booster works better? According to an English study, a particularly large number of antibodies are produced if the booster vaccination is carried out with a different vaccine than the primary immunization. The German virologists can also gain a lot from cross-vaccination.
“The fact is that while every vaccine elicits an immune response against the coronavirus, it is always somewhat different. That’s why if I want to have a somewhat broad immune response, the combination of two different vaccines is always better than just giving one,” epidemiologist Timo Ulrichs explains in a video n-tv.de.
After booster cross-vaccination: vaccination protection at a high level
Also in the fight against Omicron variant* Cross-vaccination is a good choice, says the British health authority. So if you get boosters with the same vaccine after two vaccinations with Biontech, the protective effect against an illness with Omikron increases to almost 70 percent after one week. After ten weeks, however, it drops to around 50 percent.
The combination of Biontech as a first and second vaccination plus Moderna performs better. After one week, the vaccination protection is at 80 percent and it remains at a high level of around 70 percent five to nine weeks after the booster.
Booster vaccination: Biontech or Moderna? Cross-vaccination or homologous vaccination?
If Biontech or Moderna, the choice of booster vaccine one should not attach too much importance as it continues on n-tv.de is called. Because: “The decisive difference is not between cross-vaccination and homologous vaccination, but between two and three vaccinations,” Ulrichs continues. So: Better a little effective booster than none at all.
And many have no choice at all, because under 30-year-olds in Germany should always be boosted with Biontech, according to the recommendation of the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko). *echo24.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.
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