London: The UK government is preparing to offer millions of vulnerable Britons, who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, a booster jab from September to ensure that the protection is maintained against new variants of the coronavirus before winter comes, according to media reports in Britain.The National Health Service (NHS) has been given the green light to start planning a Covid vaccine booster programme, the BBC reported.Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said ministers were working with the NHS to rapidly deliver the programme from September.
“Our first COVID-19 vaccination programme is restoring freedom in this country, and our booster programme will protect this freedom,” he said.The Department of Health said the plan had been drawn up following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and will take place alongside the annual flu jab rollout, according to the Express newspaper.
Interim advice from the JCVI is that boosters will help maintain protection against COVID-19 and new variants for those most at risk before winter comes.Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “Our COVID-19 vaccination programme has been a roaring success, with almost 85 per cent of adults across the UK receiving a first dose and more than 62 per cent getting both doses.”
“We are now planning ahead to future-proof this progress and protect our most vulnerable from variants and flu ahead of the winter,” he said.More than 30 million of the most vulnerable should receive a third dose, vaccine experts are advising.
They will include all adults aged 50 and over, and anyone younger who qualifies for a flu jab.Health service bosses had previously said they needed lots of warning of an autumn Covid-19 booster rollout to plan the logistics alongside vaccinating millions of people against flu, the BBC said.
Source – NDTV