Health & Fitness Praise for NHS heroes first in line for booster jab rollout
Sources say PM's focus on Cop26 to blame for faltering roll-out
Boris Johnson has 'taken his eye off the ball' and his energies have been consumed by preparations for the forthcoming COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.Tensions are rising in Whitehall over the slow take-up of booster vaccines and jabs for 12- to 15-year-olds which has coincided with a sharp rise in infections and hospitalisations, with a source claiming the Prime Minister's energies continue to be consumed by preparations for the upcoming conference in Glasgow.
Just 48 hours after Government advisers recommended a third jab for 30 million people, hospital hubs started dishing them out to frontline healthcare workers and identifying eligible patients.
GP-led sites will follow in the coming days before the rollout begins in full next week, with vaccination centres and pharmacies joining the drive. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: "With every jab our wall of defence across the country gets higher.
"It is brilliant to see that the first booster jabs are being rolled out - thanks to the phenomenal efforts of the NHS who continue to work tirelessly to help us fight Covid-19 and protect the most vulnerable.
JCVI chief says it's 'highly likely' there will be a booster scheme
Deputy JCVI chair Professor Anthony Harnden said: 'I think it is still highly likely that there will be a booster programme. It's just a question of how we frame it.'The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which guides ministers on the roll-out, is still yet to give the green light to plans to re-vaccinate 32million over-50s.
"I urge everyone who is eligible to come forward for their booster when invited, to prolong the protection that the vaccine offers those most at risk as we approach the winter months." Public Health England estimates that vaccines have prevented up to 116,200 deaths. Around 25 million infections and 230,800 hospital admissions have also been avoided.
Those eligible for a booster jab include older people living in residential care homes and all adults aged 50 or over.
People aged 16 to 49 with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk also qualify, as do adult carers and adults who live with immunosuppressed individuals. They are being told not to contact the NHS as they will be invited to have their third jab after at least six months have passed from the date of their second dose.
The six-month gap is thought to generate longer-lasting protection.
Since the program began last December, the NHS has delivered 77 million vaccinations, with four in five adults having already received their first two doses.
First doses will be offered to children aged 12 to 15 in schools from next week.
The side effect seen 'more frequently' after Pfizer booster shot than previous doses - FDA .
THE PFIZER vaccine is being offered as a booster shot to curb the threat of a resurgent coronavirus this winter. To support its emergency authorisation in the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysed data from the original clinical trial involving the booster shot. In its analysis, the FDA picked up a side effect "more frequently" seen after the booster dose.Health bodies arrived at the decision after analysing the data from clinical trials, making sure there were no safety concerns that made the decision disproportionate to the threat of Covid.