The Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization has recommended a second booster shot for people over 75 years of age, people living in aged care homes, and those who are immunosuppressed.
Millions of elderly and vulnerable people will be offered another Covid game from Spring.
The Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) has recommended a second booster shot for 7.2 million people over 75 years of age.
Another dose will also be given to about 500,000 vulnerable people, such as those with long-term chronic conditions that need drugs that suppress the immune system.
Some of these people received four doses because they did not produce a strong immune response to their first two doses.
For this smaller group, they will be eligible for the fifth dose from Spring.
The news comes as Boris Johnson confirmed self-isolation rules will be scrapped as part of his strategy to live with the virus.
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Anyone who is eligible can continue to get the vaccine regardless of whether they’ve had three or four doses – as long as there is a six-month gap from the last shot.
Vaccine experts are also planning a broader immunization program for more people in the fall.
The JCVI said it will confirm which part of the population will be eligible for this in the near future.
Health Minister Sajid Javid accepted the recommendations as a “preventive strategy to maintain high levels of immunity”.
A spring booster dose is advised about six months after the last dose of vaccine for people over 75 years of age, people living in aged care homes, and about half a million people over 12 years of age who are immunosuppressed.
Professor Wei Shen Lim, JCVI President of COVID-19 Immunization, said: “Last year’s booster vaccination program has so far provided excellent protection against severe Covid-19.
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“To maintain a high level of protection for the most vulnerable in the population, an additional dose of the vaccine in the spring is recommended ahead of the fall booster program scheduled for later this year.
“The JCVI will continue to evaluate the overall vaccination program and the epidemiological situation, particularly in relation to the timing and value of dosing for less vulnerable older adults and those in clinical risk groups. ready by the fall of 2022.”
Anyone over the age of 18 who is eligible for the fourth dose will be given the Pfizer or Moderna injection. People aged 12 to 18 will be offered Pfizer.
It is not yet clear whether JCVI will announce that the entire population will receive a fourth dose as this will be confirmed by the summer.
It can be given to the same groups of people who are eligible for a flu shot.
The fall booster expansion may also include new, unapproved vaccines that may target new variants.
Mr Javid said: “On the advice of the JCVI, I have asked the NHS to prepare to make eligible vaccines available to eligible people from about six months after their last dose and they will provide more information. details in due time.
“We know immunity to COVID-19 starts to wane over time. That’s why we’re offering a spring booster to people who are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection. to ensure they maintain a high level of protection it is important that people get their deposits as soon as they are eligible.
“The JCVI will continue to consider whether the booster program should be extended to further at-risk groups.
“This is a national mission – vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones and I urge everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
“For anyone who hasn’t been boosted, go ahead and get boosted now.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-spring-covid-booster-offered-26289862 Spring Covid booster jab provides millions of people over 75 years old and vulnerable people