The statistics of catching COVID-19 show that both infection and hospitalisation are on the rise, so it is extremely important that people in risk groups vaccinate against the virus and take other measures to prevent infection.
According to Marje Oona, family physician and Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Tartu, people in the risk group should do this right away. According to the immunoprophylaxis expert committee, the risk group includes everyone over the age of 60 and those over the age of 12 who have a higher risk of suffering from severe COVID-19 due to some chronic disease. “If a person is willing and able to get vaccinated, there is a possibility of falling seriously ill, and more than half a year have passed since the previous vaccine dose, they should get their fourth dose right now,” said Oona. She added that risk groups also include people who are more likely to come into contact with the sick, such as health care professional and nursing home staff.