Despite Sajid Javid’s warning that Britain could face another Covid lockdown, there is no need for a fourth jab.
Despite Sajid Javid’s warning that another lockdown is possible, UK health experts say Britons will not require a fourth Covid vaccine shot.
According to UK experts, there is no need to introduce a fourth vaccine just yet because booster doses continue to provide high protection against the variant in older adults.
The news comes as a new wave of COVID–19 infections, dominated by the Omicron variant, continues to hit the country.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), which advises on vaccine policy, says that getting first, second, and third doses to those who have not yet received them remains a top priority.
“The current data show the booster dose is still providing high levels of protection against severe disease, even for the most vulnerable older age groups,” said Prof Wei Shen Lim, chair of the JCVI’s COVID-19 immunisation committee.
“This is very encouraging, and it emphasizes the importance of a booster shot.”
“With Omicron continuing to spread widely, I encourage everyone to get their booster dose, or if unvaccinated, their first two doses, to boost their protection against serious illness.”
Meanwhile, Health Secretary Sajid Javid is said to have warned Boris Johnson and raised concerns about the announcement of a new round of British lockdown.
Mr Javid is concerned about the rising number of Covid hospital admissions in this Omicron wave, particularly among the older age groups.
Israel is currently one of the few countries offering the fourth COVID-19 booster shot in an effort to stem the spread of the new infectious variant.
According to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), more than 35 million boosters and third doses have been administered across the country.
The most recent study looked at booster doses in people over the age of 65, who were among the first to be eligible when the booster program started in mid-September.
While the duration of protection against severe disease remains high with a booster dose, protection against mild symptomatic infection is less long-lasting and drops to around 30% after about 3 months.
After just two vaccine doses, protection from severe disease drops to around 70% after three months and 50% after six months.
However, according to the JCVI, there is no immediate need to administer a second booster dose, or fourth jab, to the most vulnerable residents of care homes.
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