CORONAVIRUS BOOSTER SHOTS ROLLOUT PREPARED TO GUARD AGAINST THIRD WAVE
Ministers, health chiefs and Government scientists are stepping up preparations for an autumn booster vaccination campaign to protect against a third wave of coronavirus.
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said scientists are looking at a range of options, including new jabs to protect against variants or mixing the types of injections given, so if a patient had AstraZeneca for their initial doses they could be given Pfizer as a booster.
“We want them to be able, if they need to, from September onwards to boost those that are most vulnerable,” Mr Zahawi said. The Government has already ordered 60 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine in preparation for a booster campaign.
Mr Zahawi told Sky News: “Pfizer is one option, we’re going to give them an AstraZeneca option, we’re working with the team on a vaccine variant.
“Clinicians haven’t yet made the decision when they will need to boost, whether to give more immunity to the most vulnerable, to increase the durability of the protection or to deal with the variant. When they decide, I want to give them as much optionality, as many vaccines that were, then they will make those choices.”