UK plans to inject additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine in September

UK plans to inject additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine in September

The mutation of the COVID-19 virus into several new variants prompted the UK to plan to inject additional doses of the vaccine (booster shot). Quoted from the Reuters news agency, the UK wants booster shot injections to be carried out by September with the main target being vulnerable groups of people.

UMMATIMES - Regarding when there will be certainty about the injection of the booster shot, the British Government said it was still under discussion. However, they said preparations were being made just in case it was finally carried out.

"If so, vaccination will start with people in the 70-year-old age group, nursing home residents and those with weak or vulnerable immune systems," the UK's Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI) said in a press statement.

As per this report, 85 per cent of UK adults have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As many as 60 percent of them have received two doses or fully vaccinated.

The latest data, which is in the possession of the UK Government, is that currently available vaccines can provide defense against COVID-19 for at least six months. Further studies are being carried out and this, according to JCVI, will play a role in determining whether the booster shot will be injected or not.

"We will continue to conduct scientific studies of existing data over the next few months, including data on the duration of immunity from applicable vaccines."

"Our recommendations regarding the administration of additional doses can change substantially (following the results of the study)," said JCVI chairman Wei Shen Lim regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Regarding the provision of booster shots to younger age groups in the UK, JCVI said studies had not yet been conducted. They will consider this at a later date.

The UK has recorded 4.8 million cases and 128,000 deaths from COVID-19 so far. The UK plans to start the New Normal from the COVID-19 pandemic on 19 July.