Jabs Forever: 32 Million Britons to be Offered Vaccine ‘Booster’ Shots Next Month

OXFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Britain's Prime Minister, Boris Johnson gestures during a visit to the Jenner Institute on September 18, 2020 in Oxford, England. The Prime Minister toured the laboratory and met scientists who are leading the COVID-19 vaccine research. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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The British government will reportedly begin rolling out 32 million “booster” vaccines by next month to all those over the age of 50 in an apparent attempt to stem any winter wave of the Chinese coronavirus.

Pharmacies across Britain will begin a campaign in September of offering a third shot of a coronavirus vaccine to people with immune deficiencies as well as those aged over fifty years old, it is claimed.

The plan will see some 2.5 million people offered the third jab per week from September until December, with concerns being raised that two doses of the vaccine will not be sufficient in safeguarding people against the Delta variant of the Wuhan virus or may decline in efficacy over time, according to The Telegraph.

The government is said to favour using pharmacies for the rollout of the third jab in order to ease the strain on NHS hospitals and GPs going into the winter months.

“That is the plan, wherever possible,” a government source told the paper, but noted that it “depends on final JCVI [Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation] advice and coronavirus vaccine booster trials”.

An NHS spokesman said: “Community pharmacies have been an important part of the NHS Covid vaccination programme, the biggest and most successful in the health service’s history, and they will continue to play a vital role as we move into the next phase this autumn.”

According to the report, the government is also planning on offering Britons different vaccines to their initial doses, as clinical trials have suggested that mixing of vaccines may increase the immune response to the Chinese virus. The paper said that the government is currently testing seven different vaccines for the booster jab rollout.

To date, the government has administered some 85 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, with 88 per cent of adults having had at least one shot and 72 per cent having had two doses.

Despite the stunning uptake of the vaccine, the government has been concerned over the slower rate of vaccination amongst younger Britons.

In response, the government has been implementing a carrot and stick approach to the youth, at the one hand vowing to ban the unvaccinated from nightclubs and other public venues, and offering discounts on pizza and McDonalds on the other.

Germany will also reportedly begin rolling out Covid-19 booster shots by next month, focusing on the elderly and other at-risk groups, according to documents seen by AFP. On Sunday, Germany’s Robert Koch health institute announced 2,097 new daily cases of the virus and one death.

In April, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla suggested that the coronavirus vaccines could become an annual occurrence like the flu-shot, saying: “A likely scenario is that there will be likely a need for a third dose, somewhere between six and 12 months and then from there, there will be an annual revaccination, but all of that needs to be confirmed. And again, the variants will play a key role.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said no final decision has been made on the booster jab programme in Britain but said that it will be “informed by the JCVI’s final advice” and will be made public “in due course”.

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