Millions will get another Covid booster this winter – as deadline looms for under-50s to get final jab | The Sun

Millions will get another Covid booster this winter – as deadline looms for under-50s to get final jab | The Sun

01/25/2023

VULNERABLE Brits will get more Covid boosters in spring and next winter – but jabs for low-risk people will be scrapped this year.

Ministers today said an autumn 2023 booster rollout will go ahead for high-risk people.

And a smaller group of those in the most danger from Covid will get spring jabs, too.

But vaccines for healthy people will be wound down as Britain moves on from Covid.

Booster jabs will no longer be available to healthy under-50s from February 12.

Offers of first and second doses will also be withdrawn later this year.

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A health source said: “Everyone will need to get a booster by 12th February if they want one.”

Health Minister Maria Caulfield said the decision was taken "as the transition continues away from a pandemic emergency response towards pandemic recovery".

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation said “emergency surge vaccines” will be held on standby in case of a deadly new variant.

Professor Wei Shen Lim, chair of Covid jabs at the JCVI, said: “The vaccination programme continues to reduce severe disease across the population, while helping to protect the NHS.

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“That is why we have advised planning for further booster vaccines for persons at higher risk of serious illness through an autumn booster programme later this year.

“We will very shortly also provide final advice on a spring booster programme for those at greatest risk.”

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