Covid: Every adult now eligible for post-Omicron jab boost

The vaccine booster program will be accelerated (Image: Reuters/Rex)

All adults will be eligible for a booster shot against the coronavirus after half the previously planned period, it has been announced.

Now, people over 18 will be able to get a booster shot three months after the second shot, instead of six months now.

Children 12 to 15 years old will be able to get a second shot after three months, while those who are severely immunocompromised will be able to get a fourth shot.

The Joint Committee on Immunizations and Immunizations (JCVI), the government advisory body, changed its guidance today to say that all adults aged 18 to 39 should get a booster dose, in descending order of age groups, to increase their level of protection. People 40 years of age and older are eligible for the booster vaccine.

While the criteria have now changed, that doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone will be able to reserve their booster right away.

There can be a large amount of people trying to sort their spikes, with the NHS booking site already use the queuing system and have not been updated with the new rules.

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The advice says that patients should still get their injections in order of risk, with older adults first, so some areas may be ready more quickly than others.

That’s because nine cases of the new variant of Omicron, first identified in southern Africa last week, have been confirmed across the UK.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, told a news conference that people should not ‘panic’.

He said it is still too early to make an accurate assessment of this variant but for now it is ‘the emerging kid and I think it’s right to say that scientists around the world, not just in the UK, are Notice that this is of growing concern’.

He said that while it seems likely that vaccines may be less effective when switching to the new Omicron variant, they are still effective and should prevent serious illness.

Professor Wei Shen Lim, president of JCVI said: ‘The booster vaccination will help increase our level of protection against the Omicron variant.

‘This is an important way for us to reduce the impact of this variation on our lives, especially in the coming months.

‘If you qualify for a boost, please take the offer and keep yourself protected as we head into winter. “

The boost campaign has progressed rapidly after a relatively slow start (Image: Metro.co.uk)

The JCVI says both Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines can be given as boosters to adults – with equal priority given to both.

Amanda Pritchard, chief executive of NHS England, said: ‘As we want to expand the NHS vaccination programme, which is an absolute priority over the next few days and weeks, we know we won’t be able to. do it alone.

‘So I really hope that, once again, we’ll see volunteers come forward to help with what is still an important national endeavor.

‘The coming weeks and months will be difficult for NHS staff and potentially for the whole country.

‘But I know that NHS staff will be campaigning again and again to vaccinate as many people as possible, giving us the best chance to enjoy Christmas with family and friends.’

Professor Anthony Harnden, JCVI Vice President, previously described extending the age range for boosters and reducing the gap between the second and third doses as ‘a sensible strategy’.

He told BBC Radio House 4 that accelerating the rollout to millions would lead to logistical challenges.

“What we want to do is make sure it’s done in a logical sequence so that the people most vulnerable to this infection can have a boost and a natural level of immunity,” he said. Theirs may increase.

Speaking ahead of the vaccine policy announcement, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the shot remained ‘the most important line of defense’ and said the Scottish Government was ready to put into action any updated advice. Any updates from JCVI on rocket boosters.

Ms. Sturgeon said: ‘We’ll do it as quickly as possible.’

The First Minister added: ‘I would like to stress at this point, if – and still if – the vaccine is proven to be less effective against this new variant, vaccination would still be extremely important – less effective doesn’t mean ineffective.

“If anything, the new variant makes it all the more important to get the full dose of the vaccine.”

Earlier today, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus warned that to manage the pandemic in the long term, vaccines must be distributed globally.

A man receives a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a makeshift NHS center held at Heaven nightclub in London in August (Image: Getty)

The G20 countries have received 80% of the world’s vaccines, he said, adding that low-income countries have received only 0.6% of the world’s Covid vaccines.

‘We understand and support the responsibility of every government to protect its own people. That’s natural,’ Dr Tedros said as he spoke at a special session of the World Health Assembly.

‘But vaccine equity is not charity; it is in the best interests of every nation. No country can get a vaccine alone to get out of the pandemic. ‘

Mutations, such as the Omicron variant that currently cause anxiety and re-imposition of some restrictions, are more likely to occur as the virus spreads.

He told those gathered: ‘Rather than meeting in the aftermath of the pandemic, we are meeting like a new wave of cases and deaths hitting Europe, with untold deaths and unaccounted for around the world.’

‘And while other regions are trending downward or stabilizing, if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that no region, no country, no community and no individual is safe. until we’re all safe.’

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