UK to Offer Booster Vaccines to People Over 40

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The United Kingdom is expanding its vaccination program against coronavirus. Vaccine Committee JCVI recommends administering booster vaccines to people over 40. Health Minister Sajid Javid immediately announced that he would adopt that recommendation.

 

In the UK, booster vaccines were already approved for people over 50 and vulnerable groups. More than 12 million people have already had such a third shot. This should ensure that people are better protected against the virus. According to British media, the JCVI says that people should receive a booster dose of the vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna, even if they have been given another drug first.

The government wants to expand the vaccination program in the run-up to the winter months and welcomes the committee’s recommendation. “We know that protection against Covid-19 starts to diminish after six months,” said Minister Javid. “New data published today show that a third dose increases protection against symptomatic infection again to above 90 percent.”

The vaccine committee has also formally decided that 16- and 17-year-olds can receive a second vaccine dose. That group has been eligible for a first dose since August. After that, according to the newspaper The Guardian, there was no further communication about whether they could also get a second shot. As a result, some teens are said to have been told by their GPs to wait until their 18th birthday.

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