More than a million people in the UK will receive an invitation to book their third Covid vaccination this week as the government launches a booster jab program to “keep the lid” on infectious diseases this winter.
NHS England announced on Monday that it will send qualified people a text advising how to book through the National Health Service and will post a letter later that week.
Approximately 1.5 million people will be first contacted and encouraged to use the national booking service. Those who had a second Covid jab at least 6 months ago are eligible for replenishment.
Booster jabs are for people over the age of 50, front-line medical and long-term care workers, and residents and workers of clinically highly vulnerable care facilities.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), which announced the plan earlier this week, said it should be vaccinated with a third Covid vaccine within six months of the second jab.
The first booster program uses only two vaccines, half the dose of Pfizer / BioNTech Jab and Modana Jab.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is only given if given in the first two doses or if it has a severe allergic reaction to Pfizer or Moderna jabs.
JCVI quoted data from the Cov-Boost trial released last week by the University of Southampton Hospital. This indicates that the Pfizer vaccine is well tolerated as a third dose in patients and results in a strong booster response.
After data from the Cov-Boost study suggested that a full dose of jab was not needed for comprehensive protection, he added that the Moderna vaccine should be offered as a half dose. This strategy is believed to double the supply of Moderna doses used in booster rollouts.
Health Minister Sajid Javid said the booster would “strengthen the barriers of defense” created by the UK vaccine program.
“It’s great that booster jabs have become even easier, thanks to the launch of a national booking service for qualified people,” he said.
“Booster doses are an important way to control the virus for a long time and protect the most vulnerable during the winter.
“I encourage everyone who receives letters and texts to get a jab as soon as possible, which can strengthen the national defense barriers that each vaccine brings.”
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Vantam said at a press conference in Downing Street this week that the booster program will provide “very good immunity” in the fall and help “keep the lid” on this winter’s epidemic. Told.
Scientists warn that Britain could be in a more dangerous position this year than it was in the fall of last year, and infections have increased nearly seven-fold since September last year.
The UK recorded 30,144 new Covid infections on Friday, with an additional 932 hospitalized for coronavirus.
Professor Chris Whitti, Chief Medical Officer, said the NHS is under extreme pressure as it deals with the flu surge and warned that “winter is coming.”
However, he said the widespread immunity provided by the vaccine saw a sharp reduction in serious illness and mortality from coronavirus infections, and the UK was “unmatched” in dealing with the disease. He said it was in a good location.
However, according to figures released by the NHS on Friday, one in five adults under the age of 40 in the UK has not yet been vaccinated with the first vaccine.
JCVI member, Me Earlier this month, anonymously, prior to the booster program, “the top priority is to convince more qualified adults to be vaccinated.”
“It’s the unvaccinated people who are dying … Above all, the head and shoulders convince people to get the first or second vaccination,” they said.
“It’s not middle-aged people … quite a few young people haven’t been vaccinated a second time within 12 weeks. It raises questions about what message. [we are] Distribute to young people. “