LONDON (AP) – The UK will offer a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 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 Minister, told lawmakers that the government has accepted the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee’s recommendation and will begin offering booster shots next week.
The World Health Organization asked rich countries not to offer booster shots until they have vaccinated at minimum 40% of their population.
According to the Associated Press, the panel said anyone over 50 should get the boosters injections six months after they receive their second dose of COVID vaccinations.
According to the report, England’s offer of booster shots follows a request by the World Health Organization (WHO), which asked people who have large amounts of vaccines to wait until the end the year before giving the booster shots to those in need. This is so that poorer countries can still get them. AP.