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We should wait for ‘next generation’ vaccines before booster rollout – McConkey

Professor Sam McConkey has stated that we should wait for the ‘next generation’ vaccines before everyone is administered a booster vaccine.

Healthcare staff will begin receiving their booster jab this weekend after it was approved by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC).

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McConkey, who is the head of the Department of Health and Tropical Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, told Newstalk Breakfast that everyone will need to be administered a vaccine eventually.

“I think we all will need one – it’s very analogous to the flu vaccine that many of us get every year.”

However, he said that it’s better to wait as Covid-19 “keeps changing” and that this pattern of gradual change will continue.

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“So I suspect we won’t need a booster of the current vaccine, it’ll be the next-generation vaccine that many of us may need.”

Comparing the future trajectory of Covid-19 being similar to that of influenza, McConkey said, “just like influenza, you get a slightly different influenza strain coming to get us – that it’ll probably be a different strain next year and a different strain the year after”.

He also said that there may be some advantages to waiting for the next generation vaccines “rather than getting third, fourth, fifth sort of super-boosters of this one – as I know some people have been calling for.”

IMAGE – Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

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