LONDON (AP) — The U.K. will offer a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to everyone over 50 and other vulnerable people after an expert panel said the boosters were needed to protect against waning immunity this winter.
Sajid Javid, Health Secretary, told lawmakers that the government has accepted the recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization and will begin offering booster shots next week.
The World Health Organization requested wealthy countries to postpone booster shots until all their citizens have been vaccinated.
According to the Associated Press, the panel said anyone over the age of 50 should receive the boosters shots six months after they received their second dose of COVID vaccinations.
The AP reported that England is offering booster shots after the World Health Organization (WHO), which asked people with large amounts of vaccines to wait until the end of this year before giving the booster shots to those in poorer countries.