Britain’s NHS to offer COVID-19 booster jab
London – The National Health Service (NHS) is preparing to offer coronavirus (COVID-19) booster jabs from next week, the health secretary has said.
Sajid Javid told the Commons the government had accepted advice from the the JCVI that around 30 million people should be offered a third dose.
This includes over-50s, younger adults with health conditions and frontline health and social care workers.
The Pfizer jab is recommended and it should be given at least six months after the second dose.
It is part of the government’s plan for managing COVID-19 through the autumn and winter.
The recommendation from the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) comes amid concern about waning immunity.
There are some signs protection offered by the vaccine may start dropping off several months after the second dose – with the most vulnerable groups most at risk of this.
The JCVI said it was still unclear exactly how much protection does slip, but it wanted to take a precautionary approach and ensure the most vulnerable people maintain high levels of protection.
The advice is separate to the recent recommendation of third doses for people with severely weakened immune systems – something that is already being rolled out.
Those eligible for a booster jab include:
- Those living in residential care homes for older adults
- All adults aged 50 years or over
- Frontline health and social care workers
- All those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19
- Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals