Additional Covid-19 Booster for Over 75s and High Risk Individuals

The vaccine will also be available to all immunocompromised individuals over the age of 12.

The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunizations (JCVI) is recommending that additional boosters be offered to those at higher risk of severe Covid-19 this spring.

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Most people in this group will receive their last dose of vaccine in September or October 2021, and over time, their immunity from vaccination may be significantly reduced until autumn 2022.

Patricia Donnelly, Covid-19 vaccination program manager in Northern Ireland. Photo by Calvin Boyce/Press Eye.

The JCVI recommends, as a precautionary measure, this year that additional revaccination be offered to the oldest adults and those considered most vulnerable approximately six months after the last vaccination.

Patricia Donnelly, head of the vaccination program in Northern Ireland, said: “Covid-19 has been around for two years now and we know it has disproportionately affected a number of groups, including the elderly, residents of nursing homes and people with certain comorbidities. health status.

“We can also see from the data that the booster program introduced in September 2021 provided a high level of protection against severe illness.

“The latest figures from the UK Health Agency have shown that while protection against mild infection appears to be waning, protection against severe illness and hospitalization in the elderly is well maintained, highlighting the importance of booster therapy, especially for vulnerable groups.

“JCVI’s latest recommendations will help us move to the next phase of our program and allow us to develop operational plans for 2022 and beyond so that we can continue to offer vaccination and the protection it provides to those most at risk. from the virus at the right time.”

The JCVI has also published interim guidance on a possible fall vaccination program for people at increased risk of severe Covid-19; for example, in the elderly and in clinical risk groups.

In issuing interim advice, the JCVI acknowledged that while there is uncertainty about the coming year, it is likely that the threat from COVID will be at its peak during the winter and the advice is being provided at this stage for operational purposes.



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