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UK to expand Covid-19 booster vaccines to younger age cohorts

The United Kingdom is to expand its booster Covid-19 programme to younger people.

The UK government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said all healthy adults between the ages of 40-49 should be offered a booster vaccine six months after original vaccine course.

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Previously, booster vaccines were limited to those aged 50-years-old and older and the clinically vulnerable.

The JCVI also said that 16 and 17-year-olds should also be offered a second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

Professor Wei Shen Lim of the JCVI said people under the age of 40 may be offered a third vaccine in the future.

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“It may well be that adults who are under 40 years might require a booster dose or a third dose at some point.”

“We don’t know whether that is definitely the case yet.”

“We are looking very closely at the data all the time and should there be sufficient signal to warrant a third dose, so a booster dose for this age group, then certainly we will announce that and advise that accordingly.”

IMAGE – “PM Boris Johnson speaking at the opening of the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, 20 January 2020” by DFID – UK Department for International Development is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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