February 4, 2023

Prepare for more booster jabs! UK health chiefs crank up prepare for spring AND fall roll-outs – which will be the EIGHTH vaccine for numerous countless at-risk Brits

  • The JCVI’s eligibility list might still alter before the program starts
  • It suggests that countless Britons will have had a 8th vaccine by next winter season 

Another round of Covid booster jabs should be dished out this autumn, the Government’s scientific advisers said today.

Health chiefs also called for those who are older and those who are immunosuppressed to receive an extra booster vaccine dose this Spring. 

It means millions of Britons will have had an eighth vaccine by next winter, if ministers accept the recommendations.

Another round of Covid booster jabs should be dished out this autumn, the Government’s scientific advisers said today

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s (JCVI) eligibility list, which could still change before the programme eventually kicks off in September, is very similar to that for the annual flu vaccine.

The JCVI also advised that an emergency surge vaccine response may be required if a new variant with ‘clinically significant biological differences’ compared to the Omicron variant emerges.   

Professor Wei Shen Lim, Chair of COVID-19 vaccination on the JCVI, said: ‘The COVID-19 vaccination programme continues to reduce severe disease across the population, while helping to protect the NHS.

‘That is why we have advised planning for further booster vaccines for persons at higher risk of serious illness through an autumn booster programme later this year.

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‘We will very shortly also provide final advice on a spring booster programme for those at greatest risk.’