People over 70 could receive booster shots from September to protect them from new coronavirus variants. This is planned for the future of the vaccine rollout.
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said the first booster doses would go to the four top priority groups, including nursing home workers, NHS workers and those at high clinical risk.
He told the Telegraph that this was expected to begin in September, and reportedly added that the government expects up to eight different puffs to be available by the fall, including one that protects against three different variants in a single dose.
A range is reportedly being manufactured in the UK, which could ease pressure on supplies amid tensions with the European Union as AstraZeneca suffers from shortages.
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When asked when the refresher program would start, Mr. Zahawi told the newspaper, “The most likely date is September.
“Jonathan Van-Tam (the assistant chief medical officer) believes that when we see a request for a booster jab to protect the weakest, it would be around September.” Read more here.
According to infectious disease expert Dr. Mike Tildesley, there is a risk that the UK’s borders will remain open to international travel to “undo all the good our vaccination program has done” without proper airport testing.
Dr. Tildesley of the Spi-M modeling group, who advises the government, told Times Radio, “I can understand that we want to keep our borders open for as long as possible, but if we are, there is a risk there.
“We have to do what we can to minimize the risk, because we do not want new variants that destroy all the good that our vaccination program has done.”
He added: “If we are to allow travel to continue, we clearly need to do something to make sure that the tests at airports are much more efficient and that the tracing is working and that people are isolated for the entire period, and we need to give people the support to do this. “
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