U.K. – Booster shots recommended for people above 50 years of age
With the aim of keeping the spread of the coronavirus in check, especially during the winter season, the UK government recommended booster shots against Covid-19 for vulnerable people and those above the age of 50.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid told lawmakers that the government had accepted the recommendation of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and would start offering booster shots next week. The World Health Organisation has asked wealthy nations to delay booster shots until every country has vaccinated at least 40% of their populations.
“We’re not past the pandemic. We know this winter could quite possibly be bumpy at times.” The government has already indicated it would scrap plans for vaccine passports to be required to get into nightclubs, end some of its emergency COVID powers, and use lockdowns only as a last resort.
Instead, Johnson will lean on vaccines and testing to try and contain COVID-19 heading into autumn and winter. “The pandemic is far from over, but thanks to our phenomenal vaccine program, new treatments, and testing we are able to live with the virus without significant restrictions on our freedoms,” Johnson said in a statement.