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Germany’s vaccination authority, STIKO, recommended coronavirus vaccine booster shots for people aged over 70 on Thursday.

All residents of care homes, as well as workers who come into direct contact with them, should also be offered a third vaccine dose, the body said. The same was also recommended for medical workers in direct contact with patients.

STIKO gave its recommendation on the grounds that vaccine protection “declines over time, particularly in terms of preventing asymptomatic and mild infections.”

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