Britain does not want to return to lockdown next European winter and is preparing to strengthen its most vulnerable population to prevent it. Those over 50 and elderly care workers will receive a third injection of the COVID booster vaccine.
The government has accepted the advice of the JCVI to give booster doses to the first nine groups on the vaccine list.
“Booster injections will be offered to people age 50 and over, people in nursing homes, front-line health and social care workers, and vulnerable people over the age of 16,” the government announced. .
Pfizer or Modern
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) said there is a preference for COVID mRNA vaccines based on the results of the trials. The first choice for a booster is the Pfizer vaccine or, alternatively, a half dose of a Modern vaccine, as it works just as well.
Those who cannot receive an mRNA vaccine, due to allergies, should receive a booster of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
They start next week
“A third dose should not be given until six months after a person has received a second injection,” the committee added.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced it to the House of Commons on Tuesday: “I can confirm that I have accepted the advice of the JCVI and that the NHS is preparing to offer booster doses starting next week,” he said.
Eligible individuals will be contacted by the NHS to come for their booster.
England’s deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, said Tuesday that the reinforcements will take place at mass vaccination centers.
Professor Wei Shen Lim, JCVI President, explained that “getting a dose too early may mean they don’t need it as they still have a high level of protection. As we’ve seen with the gap between the first and second dose, they don’t want to have it too soon, “he stated.
He said a recurring booster every six months may not be necessary, but it’s too early to tell.
Professor Lim added that the booster tip is for this winter only and that younger people may not need a booster. But the JCVI will advise you at a later date.
He assured that the booster program does not mean that people should not receive their first and second COVID vaccines if they have not already done so.
Flu and covid vaccines, together
The respiratory consultant physician also said that people should still get the flu shot and can get the booster dose and the flu shot at the same time. Although this may not be practically possible for vaccination centers.
Professor Van-Tam said that in the future a vaccine could be developed that combines both vaccines, the flu and the Covid. He added that there is no preference for Pfizer or Moderna, but there are more Pfizer vaccines available.
“Having seen the data and attended the JCVI meetings, I would be perfectly satisfied, as a 57-year-old healthcare worker, if they offered me Pfizer or Moderna,” he said.
Professor Van-Tam warned of a “bumpy” winter ahead, even though the vaccines had been “incredibly successful.”