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UK health chiefs launch plans for Covid vaccine rollout in spring AND autumn

Get ready for even more booster shots! UK health chiefs launch plans for spring AND autumn rollout – which will be the EIGHTH vaccine for hundreds of thousands of Britons at risk

  • The JCVI eligibility list is subject to change before the program starts
  • It means millions of Britons will have had an eighth vaccine by next winter

Another round of Covid booster shots should be handed out this fall, the government’s scientific advisers said today.

Health chiefs also called for those who are older and those with suppressed immune systems to be given an additional booster vaccination dose this spring.

It means millions of Britons will have had an eighth vaccine by next winter, if ministers adopt the recommendations.

Another round of Covid booster shots should be handed out this fall, the government’s scientific advisers said today. Those who are older and those with suppressed immune systems should also receive an additional booster vaccination dose this spring, they advised

The latest government data shows that 64.5 percent of people over 50 have received their shot

The latest government data shows that 64.5 percent of people over 50 have received their shot

The JCVI also advised today that emergency vaccination may be required if a new variant emerges with 'clinically significant biological differences' compared to the Omicron variant

The JCVI also advised today that emergency vaccination may be required if a new variant emerges with ‘clinically significant biological differences’ compared to the Omicron variant

Britain’s historic vaccination campaign, which began in December 2020 – just nine months after Covid was declared a pandemic – has dramatically mitigated the threat of the virus and saved tens of thousands of lives.

But the JCVI also advised today that emergency vaccination may be necessary if a new variant emerges with “clinically significant biological differences” compared to the Omicron variant.

The fall 2023 Covid booster campaign should be offered to those “at higher risk of severe Covid,” the JCVI also said.

As part of the fall 2022 Covid booster campaign, which began in early September last year, people over 50, residents and staff of care homes for the elderly, and frontline health and social workers are eligible for a shot.

In addition to these groups, five to 49-year-olds who are a clinical risk group living with an immunosuppressed person or caregivers have also been offered a booster — similar to that for the annual flu vaccine.

According to the latest data, published on Jan. 15, 64.5 percent of those over 50 and 82.4 percent of those over 75 have had their shot.

In England, the autumn booster campaign and the first booster campaign will close on 12 February.

The JCVI also advised that the booster third dose that became available in 2021 will no longer be offered from February 12 to people aged between 16 and 49 who are not in a clinical risk group, “as the transition continues” from a pandemic emergency response to pandemic recovery’.

Professor Wei Shen Lim, chair of COVID-19 vaccination at the JCVI, said: ‘The COVID-19 vaccination program continues to reduce serious illness in the population while helping to protect the NHS.

“That is why we have advised planning for further booster vaccinations for individuals at higher risk of serious illness, through an autumn booster program later this year.”

She added: “We will also provide final guidance on a spring stimulus program for those most at risk very soon.”

The health bosses have yet to decide which vaccine will be used.

But Brits have gotten doses of Pfizer or Moderna in previous booster rollouts.

During the fall 2022 campaign, some were also offered an updated combination version of the booster vaccines, combining a half dose of the previous vaccine with a half dose of a vaccine against the Omicron variant.

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