England starts giving second Kovid booster to vulnerable people
The National Health Service in England began administering a second COVID-19 vaccine booster on Monday to nearly five million people who are considered particularly vulnerable to the disease.
In England anyone over the age of 75 and anyone over the age of 12 who has a suppressed immune system can now receive a second booster dose, preferably about six months after their first, the Health Service said. Said on its website, the new dosage form is “spring booster.” British Health Minister Sajid Javid, announced the move on twitter,
In a statement issued by the Health Service, the country’s Vaccine Minister Maggie Thrup said, “We must ensure that those at greatest risk of serious illness from Kovid are protected, and spring boosters will increase people’s immunity.”
Health officials in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are also offering additional booster shots. Providers will offer Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna Vaccines to patients.
The move coincides with a sharp rise in new coronavirus cases linked to BA in the UK. 2nd edition of Omicron Virus Version. There was a 79 percent increase in the number of new cases reported in the two weeks ended March 20.
Preliminary analysis by the Health Protection Agency suggests that while the B.A. 2 is more highly transmittable than BA. Omron’s version 1, it does not cause a high rate of hospitalization.
“Our level of concern has not changed,” Mr Javid said on BBC television on Monday. “Although case numbers are rising, infections are rising, and indeed hospital numbers are increasing, they are still well below their peak.”
Mr Javid said the increase was linked to the government’s decision on February 21 to lift most of the coronavirus restrictions in the country.
Britain has been hit hard by the pandemic, which has so far recorded a total of more than 20 million cases – or three cases for every ten residents – and a relatively high death rate. According to the government, nearly three-quarters of the population is fully vaccinated and more than 56 percent of residents have received a booster dose.
Those figures are higher than many countries, according to the Our World in Data website, although the UK ranks below Italy, Germany and Belgium among the UK’s European peers.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a speech on Saturday, “I am proud that we have done the fastest vaccine rollout and fastest booster rollout in Europe, not once but twice.”
Some public health experts argue that giving another booster dose widens the disparity in vaccine access between high-income and low-income countries. They say that using available doses to deliver early vaccinations to more people worldwide is a better strategy to end the pandemic than using those already vaccinated to reinforce protection.
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