Ordos rolls out booster shots

Updated: 2021-10-20 (chinadaily.com.cn) Print

The city of Ordos in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region has begun offering COVID-19 booster shots to people over 18 who have already been vaccinated for more than six months amid rising evidence of the effectiveness of an additional dose to improve immunity.

The booster shots are available in the city's Kangbashi and Dongsheng districts.

Key groups will be prioritized in the initial stage, including people at higher risk of contracting the virus, such as workers in cold chains, customs, transportation, centralized quarantine sites, and in the health services sector, as well as those who plan to travel abroad, people over 60 years old, and people with immunodeficiency or weak immune systems.

People intending to get an additional shot will be given the same vaccine produced by the same company as their original shot.

People who received inactivated vaccines and wish to receive a booster shot will be given the same vaccine as their second dose.

If supplies for the second dose run short, using the first dose of vaccine as the vaccine booster is acceptable as well.

People vaccinated with adenovirus vectors must be boosted with the original vaccine.

Four types of vaccines will be deployed as booster shots, including two Sinopharm inactivated vaccines, one created by the group's Beijing Institute of Biological Products and the other by its Wuhan Institute of Biological Products, one inactivated vaccine made by Sinovac Biotech, and an adenovirus vector vaccine from CanSino Biologics.