Covid vaccination boosters will be given to 500k people if the regular dosage is insufficient – who qualifies?
According to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization’s most recent announcement, being double-jabbed does not provide adequate protection for thousands of people (JCVI).
“Some individuals… may not mount a robust immunological response to COVID-19 vaccination,” the JCVI noted on September 1. A new Covid vaccine will be given to about half a million people who have a severely impaired immune system. Anyone above the age of 12 who has been diagnosed as severely immunosuppressed will be eligible for the extra third dose. So, who is included in this? Those with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, those who have had stem cell transplants in the last two years, and those with advanced HIV fall into this category.
The Department of Health and Social Care has the complete list of those who are eligible for a third Covid booster shot here.
“Today, I have accepted expert advice from the independent JCVI to administer a third vaccine dosage to adults aged 12 and over with severely impaired immune systems,” said Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid.
This is based on eye-opening findings from immunosuppressed persons who participated in clinical trials.
“We know that persons with specific diseases that make them particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 may have had less protection from two vaccine doses,” Sajid Javid stated.
The NHS will contact those who are eligible for a third Covid booster vaccine.
“This is not the start of the booster programme,” said Sajid Javid.