Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Covid news live: booster vaccinations extended to over 40-year-olds

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The Covid-19 vaccine booster program is to be expanded to healthy 40 to 49-year-olds, health authorities said.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) said that all adults over 40 years of age should be offered a booster dose six months after the second dose.

It was also said that 16- and 17-year-olds should sign up for a second dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine – which should be given at least 12 weeks after the first.

At a press conference Monday morning, Professor Wei Shen Lim, chairman of the JCVI’s Covid-19 vaccination, said booster doses “are important ways to increase our protection against Covid-19” and urged people to come forward to get a jab before winter.

It comes when ministers asked people to get boosters if they were told to save Christmas. Government Secretary Oliver Dowden said it was “in our hands” to ensure that Covid restrictions are not required during the holidays.

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