Covid Booster Jab To Be Offered This Spring

Covid booster jab to be offered this spring

According to BBC newsA spring booster vaccine against Covid-19 is to be offered to people most at risk of catching the disease to protect them this summer.

Vaccine experts in the United Kingdom say it should be available to everyone over the age of 75, care-home residents, and anyone extremely vulnerable aged five and up. Vaccinations in care homes in England will begin in early April, and Wales will follow suit.

Other parts of the UK's NHS have yet to announce their plans.

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It is recommended that the booster vaccine be administered six months after the previous dose.

According to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), hospital admission rates for Covid-19 in autumn 2022 demonstrated that the risk of becoming seriously ill from coronavirus was noticeably higher in people over 75.

As a result, they would benefit the most from an additional vaccine dose this spring, with health officials cautioning against complacency.

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Anyone living in an elderly care home, as well as people aged five and up who are immunocompromised, will be offered a booster shot.

"Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself against Covid-19, and the spring booster program provides an opportunity for those who are at the highest risk of severe illness to keep their immunity topped up," said JCVI chairman Professor Wei Shen Lim.

This year's spring program will bridge the gap to the planned autumn booster program, ensuring that the most vulnerable people are well protected throughout the summer."

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The NHS in England expects to provide the first spring booster doses to those who are eligible in April, with the campaign lasting until late June. Wales has confirmed that it will begin on April 1.

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Sanofi/GSK, and Novavax vaccines, among others, could be used.

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Most doses will most likely protect against the Omicron variant as well as previous ones.

Since last summer, various versions of the Omicron variant of Covid have spread the most, the most recent being Omicron BQ.1.

Children under the age of 12 will be given a children's version of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.

Dr. Mary Ramsay, head of immunization at the UK Health Security Agency, said Covid-19 was still circulating widely and that there had been an increase in the number of older people admitted to hospitals recently.

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"It is critical that those who are most at risk of severe illness do not become complacent, and I would encourage everyone who is eligible to come forward once the booster program begins."

People who are at a higher risk of severe Covid-19 are also expected to receive a booster vaccine dose in autumn 2023 in preparation for the winter.

Frontline health and care workers, adults over the age of 50, and some caregivers and household contacts were also given a booster dose last autumn.

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