The booster shots, which will begin next week, were approved a day after the Conservative government backed a plan to give one vaccine dose to children aged 12 to 15.
About 30 million people will be eligible for booster shots, which are aimed at protecting against a slight decrease in immunity in those who have received it twice.
“The result of this vaccination campaign is that we have one of the freest societies and one of the most open economies in Europe,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters on Tuesday. “So now we stick to our strategy.”
Although the number of people now contracting COVID-19 is higher than last year – more than 30,000 new infections a day – the British government has opted not to reintroduce further virus restrictions for England, because The vaccine drive has waned this year. The number of people who needed treatment for COVID-19 and died later.
However, Johnson said the government was prepared to reintroduce the measures in the coming weeks and months if the pressure on hospitals mounts. The number of people in UK hospitals with COVID-19 is around 8,500, up from close to 40,000 hospitalized during the second wave of the pandemic earlier this year.
Measures held in reserve include mandatory mask-wearing, vaccine certification for nightclubs and other large-scale events, though not pubs, and a requirement for people to work from home.
JCVI said the Pfizer vaccine should be the primary alternative to booster shots, with half the dose of Moderna as an alternative. It said these messenger RNA vaccines are more effective as booster shots. The AstraZeneca vaccine shot, which is based on a different technology, will be offered to anyone who cannot receive the RNA vaccine for clinical reasons.
The decision to offer booster shots is not recommended by the World Health Organization, which has asked wealthy countries to delay giving them until every country has vaccinated at least 40% of its people. Only a few other wealthy countries have recommended their use. In the United States, the FDA is publicly debating booster shots later this week.
England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, said it is vitally important that developing countries get the jabs they need, but pointed to difficulties in transporting the Pfizer vaccine, which has a relatively short shelf-life and needs it super-cold. temperature needs to be maintained.
Appealing to everyone eligible for the vaccine to get one at the earliest, Whitty said there is “very little chance of someone being hospitalized with COVID-19 if they haven’t been vaccinated.” “There’s a risk. He said someone in their 30s who is vaccinated is at the same level of risk as someone in their 70s who is vaccinated.
“One of the most frustrating things for doctors, including me, is talking to people who just chose not to get vaccinated because it wasn’t convenient at that particular moment. And you see they’ve got intensive care. And you know it was a very serious problem because they weren’t vaccinated,” he said.
Whitty also took a jibe at people who spread misinformation about vaccines after being asked about rapper Nicki Minaj’s comments, saying that anyone “following the untruth” should discourage others from getting vaccinated. Shame on myself for that.
On Monday, Minaj sent a series of somewhat conflicting tweets to her more than 22 million followers, including an unfounded story about her cousin’s friend being impotent after being vaccinated. However, she also said that she was “sure” she would get a shot at going on tour, but wanted to do more research.
When asked about the impotence remarks, Whitty tried to emphasize that most people are ignoring unfounded claims and receiving vaccines – 81.2% of people aged 16 and over in the UK Fully vaccinated.
“There are so many myths that fly around, some of which are plainly ridiculous and some of which are clearly just designed to scare,” Whitty said. “It happens to be one of them. It’s untrue.”
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