- Some experts said the booster is a spare life jacket, while others are unsafe.
- But ministers say jobs are key to ensuring people’s safety this winter
- 32 million jabs over 50, NHS workers and vulnerable Britons. will be eligible for
Top doctors have pledged to do away with any potential booster COVID vaccines that will be offered to them amid backlash that extra doses are not being sent to poorer countries.
Third jabs are an important part of No. 10’s plan to avoid another crisis this winter and prevent another lockdown. Another 32 million Britons over the age of 50, frontline NHS workers and care home residents will be offered another Christmas jab.
Evidence has shown that immunity may decrease over time but experts are yet to decide whether there should be a wider rollout in the UK. However, Israel has already said that all over-12s may receive a third dose.
But since the idea of rolling out top-up vaccines arose, some experts insisted that additional jabs would be better put to use by giving people the first dose in other countries.
Now some leading British physicians have announced that they will opt out of receiving any boosters when they are offered.
Dr. Jake Dunning, researcher in infectious diseases at the University of Oxford and the Royal Free Hospital, compared the rollout to giving people an extra life jacket, while ignoring those with no life jacket.
A Public Health England expert said they cannot accept a booster jab ‘in good conscience’.
This comes after the US Food and Drug Administration approved the booster only for those over 65 and who are at high risk of developing a severe case of the virus.
NHS staff were among the first to receive a booster dose last week. Image: Katherine Cargill receiving her third COVID injection at Croydon University Hospital in south London on Thursday
In the UK some 48.5 million over-16s (89.4 per cent) have received at least one COVID vaccine, while 44.4 million (81.7 per cent) are double-jabbed. But in some poorer countries, such as Haiti, data shows that 0.1 percent took the same dose.
Dr Dunning told Wire If he was offered one he would not accept a third dose because there was no evidence of any benefit for young healthy people.
He added: ‘It’s like giving an extra life jacket to people already wearing working (but not always perfect) life jackets, just to be sure, ignoring people who don’t have any life jackets. .
‘I find myself very uncomfortable accepting boosters and I hope to draw attention to the ongoing crisis of inadequate vaccination in poor countries.
Covid vaccines are being given to 12 to 15 year olds in schools from today as rollout expands to healthy children for the first time
Today, for the first time, the Kovid vaccine is being administered to healthy children aged 12 to 15 years in schools across the UK.
A single dose of the Pfizers jab is being used for aged children and it is hoped that the rollout will prevent further disruptions to their learning.
Parental consent is being sought, but children can rule out parents who do not want them to be deemed ‘competent’, a move that has sparked controversy.
More than 3 million under-16s are eligible for the vaccine and ministers expect at least 60 percent to accept the offer.
Jabs is being administered in some schools in England today and is due to begin rollout in Scotland and Wales later this week.
In Northern Ireland, the head of the region’s vaccination program said jabs are likely to be offered in schools from October.
The scientific community is divided over vaccinating healthy children against Covid because the virus poses such a low risk to them.
No10’s own advisory panel said earlier this month that his vaccination would only provide a ‘modest’ benefit to his health, and not enough to advise a large-scale rollout.
But Chris Whitty and chief medical officers in developed countries fell in favor of the rollout after broadening benefits to children.
If there is good uptake of vaccines, hundreds of thousands of school absences can be prevented and school closures can be avoided, he said.
‘There is evidence of clinical need and potential benefit of a third booster dose for some individuals, such as older adults. For many others, however, we have no evidence of the need or benefit of a third booster dose now or in the future.
‘If there is anyone else who feels and acts the same way as me, hopefully it will send a ‘not in my name’ signal to my own government and other rich countries.’
Ministers announced last week that they had accepted advice from the JCVI panel to give a third dose to more than 32 million 50, health workers and vulnerable groups.
The decision comes amid concerns about a fourth wave expected in the coming months and a lack of safety among the first groups to receive the vaccine.
Experts hope the third dose will boost protection against serious illness, hospitalization and winter death, easing pressure on healthcare.
The Pfizer jab — or half the dose of Moderna — will be given to eligible people six months after receiving their second dose, regardless of which injection they received earlier.
But if a person is allergic to those vaccines, they will be given AstraZeneca.
But Pauria Hadjibaghi, head of technology and development for Public Health England’s Covid Dashboard, said he would not take the third dose.
He tweeted: ‘I don’t think I can in good conscience accept either one. No matter how I look at it, I can’t convince myself.’
And Dr. Muge Sevic, a clinical lecturer in infectious diseases and medical virology at the University of St Andrews, who is also a member of the government’s New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), supported his stance.
She said: ‘As a healthy doubly man, I don’t think I could be more…