Adults over the age of 18 are now being offered the COVID-19 booster jab, children between the ages of 12-15 can get the 2nd dose and the gap between doses have been halved to combat the latest Omicron variant.
The changes have been announced this afternoon (Monday) on a televised briefing to the nation.
The Government has shortened the gap between the time between the second jab and the booster, from the initial 6 months to 3 months.
12 and 15-year-olds are now eligible for their second jab, with the jab being administered no sooner than 3 months after their 1st dose.
It has also been announced severely immunosuppressed people are given access to another booster – meaning for some, a 4th dose will be made available this winter.
Dr June Raine, the Chief Executive of the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, has said:
“The public can be confident that our robust regulatory assessment supports the JCVI’s recommended extension to the vaccination campaign.
“This further strengthens our ability to ensure people are protected against COVID-19 and saves lives.”
Prof Jonathan Van-Tam the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England has said:
“Here I want to be clear that this is not all doom and gloom at this stage and I do not want people to panic at this stage.
“If vaccine effectiveness is reduced as seems pretty likely to some extent, the biggest effects are likely to be in preventing infections and hopefully there will be smaller effects on preventing severe disease.
“But that is something that is there for scientists to work out in the next few weeks.”
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This news comes after Boris Jonson announced at the weekend that masks were to be compulsory again in retail and public transport.
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