International – Booster plans expanded to combat Omicron

Plans to accelerate and expand booster programmes against COVID-19 are being announced across the world as countries seek to counter the threat posed by the new variant of concern, Omicron.

The UK will now offer all adults a booster jab by the end of January the government has announced. Previously, the scheme was restricted to those aged 40 or over and younger people who were vulnerable or exposed to the virus through their work. Now, all adults 18 and over are eligible, with the waiting time after the second dose of the primary vaccine course reduced from six to three months.

The UK government has also announced plans to expand the availability of booster jabs with new hospital hubsand pop-up centres, and by using 1,500 community pharmacies…