The British Government will be accepting an expert panel’s recommendation and begin the rollout of booster vaccine shots across England for over-50s from next week, UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid told Parliament on Tuesday.
Tabling the government’s winter strategy to tackle Covid-19, Javid told the House of Commons that the National Health Service (NHS) in England is preparing for the rollout following the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s (JCVI) recommendation earlier.
Wales has also accepted the JCVI advice, with other devolved regions of the UK — Scotland and Northern Ireland — also expected to follow.
“I can confirm that I have accepted the JCVI’s advice and that the NHS is preparing to offer booster doses from next week,” said Javid.
“There’s evidence that the protection offered by Covid-19 vaccines reduces over time, particularly older people who are at greater risk, so booster doses are an important way of keeping the virus under control for the long-term,” he said.
Among the other announcements for the government’s winter strategy of “living with the virus” without the need to resort to further full lockdowns, Javid also outlined a “Plan B” of contingency measures, including working from home and face coverings.