Decision on Covid booster vaccines expected as JCVI meets

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A Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine being prepared (Nick Potts/PA) (PA Wire)
A Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine being prepared (Nick Potts/PA) (PA Wire)

The decision on who should get a third dose of a Covid-19 jab is reportedly imminent as the Joint Committe on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) meet to discuss the idea of a booster programme.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Professor Adam Finn said he thinks there is already enough evidence and the JCVI will be “imminently deciding that there will be some people who will need a third dose”.

He said the booster could be for people who they know are “very unlikely” to be well protected by the first two doses. But he warned that more evidence is still needed before a broader booster programme can be rolled out.

It comes as experts have described the high Covid-19 case numbers and deaths in the UK as “very worrying.”

On Thursday Professor Peter Openshaw warned the country is entering winter with “really very high levels of infection.”

He said that “we just don’t really know what’s going to happen” in the autumn.

His comments were referring to the recent announcement that a further 111 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus and a further 33,904 had tested positive.

“This is a very large number. If you think, 34,000 people, that’s a lot of people testing positive, and to be seeing over 100 deaths a day at this stage, you know before schools have gone back, while the weather is still relatively good, we’re not back into winter yet.

“I think we’re all really anxious about what’s going to happen once we return to normality,” he told the Times Radio.

Cities across the UK have already returned to a sense of normality including London where passenger numbers on the Underground reached 47 per cent of pre-virus levels on Monday.

This has surpassed the previous pandemic high for a Monday of 44 per cent set on June 1.

Britons have also returned to driving more as the number of cars on roads was at 96 per cent of pre-pandemic levels on Monday, according to Department for Transport (DfT) data.

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