Covid boosters extended to under-50s as people urged to get jab to save Christmas
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) confirmed plans to extend boosters to 40 to 49-year-olds - and advised a second Covid jab for 16 to 17-year-olds
Booster jabs will be rolled out to people under 50-years-old as Brits are urged to get jabbed to save Christmas.
People aged 40 to 49-years-old are to be offered another dose of the vaccine to boost their immunity and limit transmission of the virus.
The JCVI, which advises the Government on the jabs roll-out, confirmed a change in its advice on Monday 15 November at a Downing Street press conference.
People should be offered the Pfizer or Moderna booster, regardless of which vaccine they had previously, the JCVI said.
The vaccine experts also announced new advice for 16 to 17-year-olds, who will now be told to get a second dose 12 weeks after their first.
Initially, older teenagers were advised to get a single Pfizer jab, whereas adults are told to get two doses.
Boosters give more than 90% protection against symptomatic infection in adults aged over 50, according to a study by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) published this morning.
Tell us what you think about this page
Please use this space to tell us how we can improve this page, or the website in general.
If you have a service problem or complaint you need help with then please visit our contact pages.
* = response required