In the short term, a second round of boosters isn’t required because protection is still high.


A second round of boosters isn’t required in the near future because protection is still high.

Officials announced last night that a FURTHER round of booster shots is not required in the near future because protection against severe illness remains high.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) discovered that over-65s who had a third jab three months before still had 90% protection against hospitalization.

It means that immunity isn’t waning as quickly as it was three months after the second vaccine dose.

As a result, those who received a booster shot in September do not require a second round at this time.

The decision, however, will be reviewed by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI).

Experts added that continuing to administer first, second, and booster vaccines to people of all ages was more important.

“The current data shows the booster dose continues to provide high levels of protection against severe disease, even for the most vulnerable older age groups,” said Professor Wei Shen Lim, chair of the JCVI’s Covid-19 immunisation committee.

The committee has determined that there is no immediate need for a second booster dose, but this will be revisited in the future.

The data is very encouraging, and it emphasizes the importance of getting a booster shot.”

The JCVI also noted that the Omicron wave was moving at a breakneck pace, so giving more doses to those who were already well protected would be ineffective.

“With Omicron continuing to spread widely, I encourage everyone to come forward for their booster dose or, if unvaccinated, their first two doses,” Prof Lim added.

Protection against severe disease drops to around 70% after three months and 50% after six months with just two vaccine doses.

After a booster, protection against severe disease lasts longer, but immunity to mild infection lasts shorter, dropping to around 30% three months after the third inoculation.


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