Although more than half of the countries in Europe’s single market are already administering second booster shots, the uptake remains low and uneven across countries, according to data from the E.C.D.C. The center approves drugs and makes recommendations, but individual European countries set their own policies.
E.U. health authorities stopped short of recommending booster shots for those younger than 60, citing a lack of clear evidence to justify the move. In April, they recommended that those ages 80 and older be considered for a second booster, but said it was “too early” to do so for the general population.
With cases rising, Stella Kyriakides, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said: “I urge everybody to get vaccinated and boosted as quickly as possible. There is no time to lose.”
E.U. health officials said that while only currently authorized vaccines should be used for second boosters, work continues to adapt existing vaccines to fight the Omicron variants driving the new wave of cases.