Fourth COVID-19 Vaccine To Be Rolled Out For Millions Of People In A Few Weeks

Posted Busytape February 21, 2022
Updated 2022/02/21 at 9:38 PM
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Fourth COVID-19 Vaccine To Be Rolled Out For Millions Of People In A Few Weeks

The UK’s Health Secretary has announced the launch of a fourth Covid vaccination in the coming weeks.

Sajid Javid said the booster will be provided to over-75s and inhabitants of care homes this spring. Immunocompromised individuals will also receive the vaccine, boosting protection for those most at risk of illness.

The vaccine will be available on the NHS in England around six months following the last dosage, with additional details to be revealed soon.

Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland are anticipated to make similar announcements in the coming weeks following the publication of guidance by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) suggesting another booster.

According to the JCVI, a second dose is likely necessary because vaccine effectiveness diminishes over time and Covid outbreaks are expected in the winter.

Mr Javid said: “Thanks to our Covid-19 vaccination rollout, we are already the freest country in Europe.

“It has averted many deaths, alleviated pressure on the NHS, and taught us how to live with the virus.

“Today, I accepted the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s (JCVI) recommendation to offer an additional Covid-19 booster jab to people aged 75 years and older, residents of assisted living facilities for older adults, and immunocompromised individuals aged 12 years and older beginning in the spring.

“All four regions of the United Kingdom intend to heed the JCVI’s advice. We are aware that immunity to Covid-19 diminishes over time.

“That is why, for patients at a higher risk of serious Covid-19 infection, we are introducing a spring booster to ensure they keep a high degree of protection. It is critical that everyone has their top-up vaccinations as soon as they become eligible.

“The JCVI will continue to assess whether the booster program should be expanded to include additional at-risk categories.”

Adults aged 18 and over will receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccinations. A reduced dose of Pfizer is being supplied to anybody eligible between the ages of 12 and 18.

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