One general practitioner has described the extended time between doses of coronavirus vaccinations as an “unregulated and unlicensed study”.
Dr. Rosie Shire, a member of the Doctors’ Association UK, said studies of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine showed that two doses three weeks apart gave 90% immunity.
“What really concerns us is that we don’t know what happens if you don’t give that second dose of vaccine after three weeks,” she told Sky News.
“The fact is, people are now being vaccinated and put into a practically unregulated, unlicensed trial to get that vaccination, provided they don’t know what is going on.”
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock defended the government’s decision to postpone the time between vaccine doses, saying it was “important” to save more lives faster.
“We know this policy will save lives,” he said on Skys Sophy Ridge Sunday.
“As long as there is decent effectiveness after the first dose and we have a high level of confidence that it is, in a situation where supply is limited, you want to protect as many people as possible as soon as possible.
“Of course, if you have grandparents who are both in their 70s or 80s, you want each of them to get a dose when you know one dose is effective, not one to get the full two doses, and.” one that has no protection at all.
“That’s why we made this decision, and it’s essentially about saving most lives the fastest. You can totally understand why we did this.”