Covid booster vaccine rolled out to all over-18s

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The Government’s Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) has said that booster jabs should now be offered to all people over the age of 18.

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JCVI has also said that the interval between the second Kovid-19 vaccine and booster shots should be reduced from six months to three months.

Although the JCVI has advised all adults to have boosters now, it has said that priority should be given to those who are clinically vulnerable and in descending age groups, as in the second and first phases of the vaccination programme. was done during. Those over 40 are already eligible for their boosters.


People who have low immunity should be given another booster, which means they will have their fourth vaccination.

The JCVI states that children 12 to 15 years of age should now be eligible to take a second dose.

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The government is advising that adults can switch to either the Moderna or Pfizer booster vaccines for the newer Omron version, with equal preference for both.

It will be a decision for the NHS’s immunization program to decide exactly when people under 40 will be invited to have their booster shots.

In a speech to think tank The King’s Fund, the annual conference on Monday, NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard in England said NHS staff “will move heaven and earth to vaccinate as many people as possible” to ensure that Let people enjoy Christmas. with your loved ones.

Professor Wei Shen Lim, President of JCVI, said: “Having a booster dose of the vaccine will help increase our level of protection against the Omicron variant.

“This is an important way to reduce this type of impact on our lives, especially in the months ahead.

“If you are eligible for a booster, please accept this offer and protect yourself when winter arrives.”

Experts believe the new Omron variant may reduce the effectiveness of vaccines in preventing people from becoming infected, although they think the vaccines may still protect against serious disease.

However, it may take three weeks for further details from scientists on how transmissible the variant is, whether it evades vaccine protection and whether it causes more severe disease.

Britain now has nine confirmed cases of the variant after the Scottish government announced on Monday morning that it had discovered four cases in Lanarkshire and two in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde region.

Another case was identified in Brentwood, Essex, while another was in Nottingham, while a third case was found in England on Sunday in a man with travel links to South Africa who had visited Westminster before leaving the country.

More to follow…


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