The combination of two different doses of COVID-19 vaccines will only be possible in precisely specified cases, said Zuzana Eliášová, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health (MZ) of the Slovak Republic, adding that this is a recommendation of experts.
Combination of vaccines
“The conclusion of the experts thus says that the combination of vaccines should currently be implemented in our conditions solely because of a health contraindication to the administration of a second dose of the same vaccine.” she stated.
Thus, it will be possible to receive a second dose of another vaccine if a serious adverse event occurs after the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine with a contraindication to the second dose or if the same type of vaccine is not available.
This may also be the case if a person has been vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine abroad and it is not registered or available in Slovakia.
According to the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic, the first dose of vector vaccine and the second dose of mRNA vaccine can be combined, with a time interval of at least 28 days and can be up to 12 weeks, but with a view to achieving full protection later.
The first dose of mRNA vaccine and the second dose of vector vaccine may also be combined. The time interval in this case is at least 28 days, it can be up to 12 weeks, but with a view to achieving full protection later.
If the vaccination center vaccinates outside the set rules, the action is fully the responsibility of the vaccination center. Thus, a contraindication can also be assessed directly by a doctor in a vaccination center, the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic added.
Source: Dnes24.sk by www.dnes24.sk.
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