Over-40s to be offered third dose of Covid vaccine

Health / Mon 15th Nov 2021 at 02:54pm

ALL over-40s in the UK will be offered a third dose of a Covid vaccine, after advice from the government scientists. reports the BBC.

The move would top up protection and help limit the spread of the virus over winter. 

Three doses cuts the risk of infection by more than 93%, according to new data from the UK Health Security Agency

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation also said 16- and 17-year-olds, initially offered only a single dose, should now receive a second. 

So far, 12.6 million people have had a booster dose. 

They have been given to the over-50s, front-line medical staff and people with health conditions that put them at greater risk.

People aged 40-49 will be boosted with either the Pfizer-BioNTech jab or a half dose of the Moderna vaccine, which still gives a potent immune response. 

This should be offered six months after the second dose.


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1 Comment for Over-40s to be offered third dose of Covid vaccine:

Andrew Willis
2021-11-16 13:32:48

I was eligible for a booster on 21 September, 8 weeks ago. The first appointment was offered/available on a Sunday on 8 November. This I declined and opted to use my local pharmacy where I have an appointment on Friday next (19th November). They need to increase the availability of this booster. My wife became eligible last Sunday, 14th November, but if my experience is anything to go by then she will still be waiiting into the New Year 2022!. It is also no use sending older people, including those without a car, to a different town where there may not be adequate public transport.

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