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The UK will start rolling out booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine to people over 50, frontline health workers and other vulnerable groups as it braces for an increase in cases in winter.
“We are now moving forward with the booster program … so that means we are going to build even higher walls of immunization and vaccine protection in this country,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at a conference. hurry.
“When you have a large part of the country, as we have now, with immunity, smaller changes can make a bigger difference and give us the reassurance that we don’t need to go back to the bottlenecks in the country. pass .
“A smaller tilt of the bar can result in a larger change in the direction of the pandemic. “
The boosters will be available to people in these priority groups at least six months after a person has received their second injection of a coronavirus vaccine.
The UK government is not ruling out a ‘plan B’ including the reintroduction of restrictions including compulsory mask wear, homework and vaccination passports to access certain public events, but the recall program is the first line of its response. defense.
The booster program is separate from the third dose of vaccine offered in the UK to certain people with weakened immune systems, including those taking immunosuppressants, to increase the effectiveness of the vaccine.