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Covid booster jabs “are offered to under 50s”

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According to reports, the government will expand its Covid vaccine refreshment program to include people under the age of 50 in an effort to lower transmission rates this winter.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) is expected to approve the move on Monday The times.

Details of the age groups who would be offered a third vaccination have not been confirmed, the newspaper added, but suggested that the rollout should initially be extended to people in their late 40s.

Currently, only people over 50 or those who are clinically susceptible are eligible for a booster vaccination.

It comes after a senior government adviser said giving booster vaccines to young people would make a “big difference” in curbing Covid transmission in the UK in the colder months.

Professor Neil Ferguson, a member of the government’s Sage subcommittee, said expanding the booster program to younger adults would significantly reduce the transmission of Covid.

“I see no reason why we shouldn’t expand them to younger age groups once we’ve gone through the priority groups – those over 50 and the clinically vulnerable,” he told BBC Radio 4. today Program.

“Our modeling – modeling a group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – suggests that bringing transmission down to a low level could make a big difference.”

Since the program began, more than 12 million people across the UK have received a booster vaccination.

The program aims to boost population immunity before winter, amid concerns that declining vaccination protection could lead to an increase in hospital admissions in the colder months.

Boris Johnson warned Friday that “storm clouds” of a new wave of coronavirus are gathering over parts of Europe, and many countries are preparing to tighten restrictions due to rising cases.

The Netherlands have confirmed a three-week partial lockdown amid rising cases, Austria has put a lockdown on unvaccinated people, while German politicians are considering laws that would pave the way for new measures, while the country’s disease control center is pushing people to cancel or close major events avoid.

Prof. Ferguson said the UK is in “a very different situation” than some of its European counterparts as its population has higher levels of immunity after months of high virus prevalence.

He said the rapid introduction of booster jabs has also given the UK an edge in the fight against Covid control.

However, he conceded that the UK had seen “signs of an upward trend” in the past few days after weeks of falling case numbers and hospital admissions, adding, “We have had very high case numbers – between 30,000 and 50,000 a day – really for the past four months, since the beginning of July.

æ Obviously there were some drawbacks to this.

æParadoxically, there was also an advantage in boosting population immunity compared to countries like Germany, the Netherlands and France, which had much lower case numbers and are only now seeing an increase.Æ

Additional reporting by agencies

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