The UK government will accept the recommendation of an expert committee and start giving people over the age of 50 a dose of the booster vaccine from next week across England. Britain’s Health Minister Sajid Javid gave this information in Parliament on Tuesday. Presenting a blueprint of the government’s strategy regarding preparedness to deal with Kovid-19 in winter, Javid told the House of Commons (Lower House) that the National Health Service (NHS) in England is now the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI). Preparing to implement the recommendations of the Wales has also accepted the JCVI’s suggestion along with other developed regions of Britain – Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Javid said, “I can confirm that I have accepted the advice of the JCVI and the NHS is preparing to give booster doses to people from next week.” He said, “There is evidence that The protection from anti-Covid-19 vaccines diminishes over time, with the elderly especially at higher risk, so a booster dose is an important way to keep the virus under control over the long term.
Javid also mentioned ‘Plan B’ to protect against the virus, which includes working from home, wearing a mask. He said, “We have seen how fast this virus can change its form, so we also have to be prepared for ‘Plan B’ which we can try if need be in case of unnecessary pressure on the NHS.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Britain’s Expert Advisory Committee recommended a third booster dose of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine for people over the age of 50 and frontline health workers for protection against the deadly corona virus in the coming months. The recommendation of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunizations (JCVI) states that six months after taking the second dose of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine is an appropriate time to take another dose to increase immunity and Pfizer to take the third dose. Use of BioNTech or Moderna vaccines would be ideal.
JCVI President Professor Wei Shen Lim told reporters on Tuesday, “It is not advisable to take a dose too early, because they still have a high level of protection, so they do not need to be vaccinated early and as we have done in the first and second doses.” You don’t want to take it too early.” He also indicated that it may not be necessary to have frequent boosters every six months, but it’s too early to be sure. .
England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said he expected booster vaccines “within a few days” to be introduced “within a few days” following the JCVI’s decision and they would be available at mass immunization centres. Van-Tam warned of increased difficulties in the coming days, despite the vaccine being “amazingly successful”.
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