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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).


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.


“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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