COVID-19: JCVI recommends autumn booster jabs for some groups

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06-08-2022

Analysis: Booster targeting makes sense, but leaves the economy exposedIt's a marked contrast to the booster rollout of last autumn, when it was offered in stages to all adults. Well, for a start, it makes clinical sense to target those most at risk. Even now, fewer than half of all people under 40 have had the booster rolled out last autumn. So while giving the booster to the vulnerable makes sense to prevent hospitals being overwhelmed, it still leaves the economy exposed. And that could be repeated if an even more infectious version – or a whole new variant - takes hold in the UK.

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Only the most vulnerable will get a COVID booster this autumn, according to interim advice from the UK's vaccination advisers. The JCVI says the COVID-19 booster will maintain protection against severe disease if there is another rise in infection levels towards the end of the year. It's a marked contrast to the booster rollout of last autumn when it was offered in stages to all adults. Even now, fewer than half of all people under 40 have had the booster rolled out last autumn. So while giving the booster to the vulnerable makes sense to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed, it still leaves the economy exposed.