Poland will give third doses of COVID-19 vaccine to people with weak immune systems, the health minister said on Friday, as the European Union’s biggest eastern member braces for a fourth wave that is already hitting its western neighbors.

Poland will recommend a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for people over 50 as well as healthcare workers, a deputy health minister said on Tuesday.

Poland’s daily COVID-19 case numbers are a fraction of what they were during the third wave in spring. But with the highly contagious Delta variant already contributing to a rise in infections the country expects the situation to deteriorate in autumn.

The Medical Council accepts the use of a third dose for people with reduced immunity and for now we will dedicate third doses to people who have reduced immunity,” Adam Niedzielski told a news conference.

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