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The UK stated on Tuesday that it offers third COVID booster jabs to everyone over the age of 50, as well as other fragile persons. Its purpose is to assist the country in surviving the pandemic over the winter months.
The booster vaccinations for children aged 12 to 15 will be available at the beginning of next week. They were out a day after the Conservative government announced intentions to give all children aged 12 to 15 a single immunization dose.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization has recommended that everyone over the age of 50 receive booster doses. Persons who work in health care, people with underlying health disorders, and people who live with people whose immune systems are weak are all at risk. They will get it no sooner than six months after they take the second dose of immunization.
Around 30 million individuals will be eligible for booster doses. UK offers third COVID booster jabs to all of them. They intend to protect people who have already had two vaccinations against a little fading of protection.
“The result of this vaccination campaign is we have one of the most free societies and one of the most open economies in Europe,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters on Tuesday. “That’s why we’re now sticking with our strategy.”
The number of people contracting COVID-19 is much lower now than it was last year; with over 30,000 new infections per day. The British authorities have decided not to re-introduce similar virus regulations for England. The vaccine drive this year has reduced the number of people requiring COVID-19 treatment and eventually dying.
However, Johnson warned that if the hospital burden becomes severe, the authorities are ready to reintroduce measures in the coming weeks and months. The number of people infected with COVID-19 in UK hospitals is likely to be approximately 8,500. A far cry from the over the 40,000 hospitalized earlier this year during a disastrous second wave of the pandemic.
Mandatory mask wear, vaccine certifications for nightclubs and other large-scale events (but no longer pubs), and a necessity for people to work from home are among the measures against COVID-19.
“When you’ve got a large proportion, as we have now, with immunity, then smaller changes can make a bigger difference and give us the confidence that we don’t have to go back to the lockdowns of the past,” Johnson said. “In the meantime, we are confident in the vaccines that have made such a difference to our lives.”
According to the JCVI, the Pfizer vaccine should be the first choice for booster doses. Also, with a half-dose of Moderna as a backup. Those messenger RNA vaccines, according to the study, are more effective than booster shots. The AstraZeneca vaccine shot is based entirely on proprietary technology. The government should give it to anyone unable to obtain an RNA vaccine due to medical reasons.
The World Health Organization advises against giving booster shots until at least 40% of every country’s population gets the vaccine. Only a few wealthy international locations have supported their use. Later this week, the FDA in the United States will hold a public hearing on booster shots.
“An unvaccinated person in their 30s faces the same risk level as a vaccinated person in their 70s”
Chris Whitty, England’s chief clinical officer, said developing countries need to get the vaccines they need. But he highlighted the challenges of transporting the Pfizer vaccine, which has a short shelf life. Also, they must store it at extremely low temperatures.
Whitty urged everyone eligible for a vaccine to get one as soon as possible. Thus, claiming that those who took the vaccine face a significantly lower risk of being in a hospital with COVID-19 than those who are not. He claims that an unvaccinated person in their 30s faces the same risk level as a vaccinated person in their 70s.
“One of the most depressing things for doctors, including myself, is talking to people who have just chosen not to get vaccinated because it wasn’t convenient at that particular moment. And you see them being wheeled down to intensive care, and you know this was a very serious problem as a result of them not being vaccinated,” he said.
After being asked about rapper Nicki Minaj’s comments about vaccines, Whitty said anyone “peddling untruths” to discourage others from getting the vaccine should be ashamed of themselves.
Minaj sent a series of sometimes contradictory tweets to her nearly 22 million followers on Monday. It included an unverified story about her cousin’s friend becoming impotent after getting the vaccine. She did say, however, that she was “sure” she would get an opportunity to travel. But that she wanted to do more research first.
“There are a number of myths that fly around, some of which are just clearly ridiculous and some of which are clearly designed just to scare,” Whitty said. “That happens to be one of them. That is untrue.”
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