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COVID-19 booster shots are currently recommended for the elderly or immunocompromised, people planning to travel to foreign regions with surging infections and workers in high-risk sectors, a Chinese health official said on Friday.

Whether the wider population should receive an additional dose to boost immunity against the virus is still being investigated, Zheng Zhongwei, an official at the National Health Commission and head of China's COVID-19 vaccine development task force, said during a news briefing.A middle school student receives a COVID-19 vaccination shot in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, on Wednesday. The city recently launched vaccinations for those aged 12 to 14. WU JUNJIE/CHINA NEWS SERVICEHe said 5 billion COVID-19 doses have been administered worldwide, with about half being China's domestically developed vaccines.Available evidence shows the chance of contracting the virus and getting sick after being fully vaccinated is relatively low, he said, adding receiving vaccines has also proven effective in preventing severe symptoms and deaths.Some studies conducted by two major domestic vaccine developers, Sinopharm and Sinovac Biotech, have shown antibody levels in vaccinated people usually decline after six months.However, giving a booster shot six months after initial inoculation is safe, and can trigger a significant increase in antibody levels and enhance protection against the virus, he said.Zheng said given the current epidemic situation in China, port, customs and aviation workers, as well as those working at quarantine venues or designated medical institutions, can get a booster shot.In addition, people over 60 or those with weak immune defenses, as well as people planning to travel overseas for study or work, are also advised to receive an extra dose.Travelers from low-risk areas to GD need no nucleic acid testsStarting from August 27, people coming and returning to Guangdong Province from domestic low-risk areas for COVID-19 will no longer need to take nucleic acid tests, according to the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention.Arrivals from medium- and high-risk areas as well as some key areas are still required to cooperate with corresponding health management measures, the provincial authority said.Guangzhou cancels on-site nucleic acid test in railway and bus stationsGuangzhou has canceled on-site nucleic acid sampling for arrivals from August 27 in six railway stationsGuangzhou Railway Station, Guangzhou South Railway Station, Guangzhou East Railway Station, Guangzhou North Railway Station, Qingsheng Railway Station and Xintangnan Railway Stationand three coach terminals, including Guangdong Provincial Coach Terminal, Tianhe Coach Terminal and Jiaokou Coach Terminal. But the nucleic acid sampling site in Baiyun International Airport has remained, providing free services to domestic arrivals from high-and medium-risk areas and those without test certificate issued within 48 hours. 


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Booster Doses Recommended for Select Groups


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COVID-19 booster shots are currently recommended for the elderly or immunocompromised, people planning to travel to foreign regions with surging infections and workers in high-risk sectors, a Chinese health official said on Friday.

Whether the wider population should receive an additional dose to boost immunity against the virus is still being investigated, Zheng Zhongwei, an official at the National Health Commission and head of China's COVID-19 vaccine development task force, said during a news briefing.A middle school student receives a COVID-19 vaccination shot in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, on Wednesday. The city recently launched vaccinations for those aged 12 to 14. WU JUNJIE/CHINA NEWS SERVICEHe said 5 billion COVID-19 doses have been administered worldwide, with about half being China's domestically developed vaccines.Available evidence shows the chance of contracting the virus and getting sick after being fully vaccinated is relatively low, he said, adding receiving vaccines has also proven effective in preventing severe symptoms and deaths.Some studies conducted by two major domestic vaccine developers, Sinopharm and Sinovac Biotech, have shown antibody levels in vaccinated people usually decline after six months.However, giving a booster shot six months after initial inoculation is safe, and can trigger a significant increase in antibody levels and enhance protection against the virus, he said.Zheng said given the current epidemic situation in China, port, customs and aviation workers, as well as those working at quarantine venues or designated medical institutions, can get a booster shot.In addition, people over 60 or those with weak immune defenses, as well as people planning to travel overseas for study or work, are also advised to receive an extra dose.Travelers from low-risk areas to GD need no nucleic acid testsStarting from August 27, people coming and returning to Guangdong Province from domestic low-risk areas for COVID-19 will no longer need to take nucleic acid tests, according to the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention.Arrivals from medium- and high-risk areas as well as some key areas are still required to cooperate with corresponding health management measures, the provincial authority said.Guangzhou cancels on-site nucleic acid test in railway and bus stationsGuangzhou has canceled on-site nucleic acid sampling for arrivals from August 27 in six railway stationsGuangzhou Railway Station, Guangzhou South Railway Station, Guangzhou East Railway Station, Guangzhou North Railway Station, Qingsheng Railway Station and Xintangnan Railway Stationand three coach terminals, including Guangdong Provincial Coach Terminal, Tianhe Coach Terminal and Jiaokou Coach Terminal. But the nucleic acid sampling site in Baiyun International Airport has remained, providing free services to domestic arrivals from high-and medium-risk areas and those without test certificate issued within 48 hours. 


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