The UK’s vaccine rollout has been highly successful. Now all those aged 50 and over as well as the clinically vulnerable are expected to be offered a Pfizer booster shot as part of the Government’s new vaccination drive. A push to give those most at risk from Covid-19 a top-up vaccine is predicted now most UK adults have received at least one dose of the jab.
The Pfizer vaccines are expected to be used in the booster programme as it’s the jab thought to be the most effective against Delta variant.
The vaccine programme is predicted to start in September, all those eligible will be encouraged to take up the booster.
Despite fears over the effectiveness of existing vaccines against new variants, a new study published this week has revealed a third dose of Pfizer offers strong protection against the delta variant.
The Government is believed to be planning to vaccinate 23 million in its booster scheme this September.
The Department of Health said there was “no update” on the booster scheme when approached by Express.co.uk for confirmation.
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In comparison the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine was found to be 92 percent effective against hospitalisation after 2 doses.
A booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine on top of the two vaccines previously given was found to be particularly effective at boosting immunity among the elderly.
Booster shots of Pfizer were found to increase antibody levels 11-fold among people those aged 65 to 85.
Many expect those eligible for the Covid booster jab could be offered the flu vaccine around the same time to protect them from both viruses.
Immunity from Covid vaccines is thought to last for at least six months in the ‘majority’ of cases.
There are concerns the immunity gained by those in the intial stages of the vaccine programme could be starting to fade.
Health experts fear this decrease in immunity could spark a surge in hospitalisations and deaths this winter.
Reassuringly findings from the Oxford University trial suggests a third vaccine given six months after a second jab could restore peak immunity against the virus.
Commenting on the upcoming booster scheme Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid said: “We need to learn to live with this virus. Our first COVID-19 vaccination programme is restoring freedom in this country, and our booster programme will protect this freedom.
“We are working with the NHS to make sure we can rapidly deliver this programme to maintain protection for people in the winter months.”