Booster Covid jab 'to be offered to everyone over 50 before Christmas'

Booster Covid jab 'to be offered to everyone over 50 before Christmas'

A third Covid vaccine could be offered to everyone aged over 50 before Christmas, it has been reported. Trials are said to be under way to both research vaccines modified to tackle new variants and to analyse the effects of a third shot as part of a course of inoculations, reports The Mirror. The research is said to be supervised by chief medical officer for England Chris Whitty. In the UK, three different vaccines are currently being used to protect against coronavirus - Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Moderna. As part of the mass inoculation effort, nearly 35 million first doses of a Covid vaccine have been given, as well as 15.6 million second doses administered. The over-40s are now being offered a jab as the scheme is rolled out at speed. The Times reports that as part of new trials, the over-50s could be given a third course of the jab in the autumn to boost protection to the end of the year. The paper reports that early findings from the trials have 'spurred on government hopes that the two approaches …
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