UK – UK announces COVID boosters for a “bumpy winter” ahead

Following results from a trial into booster jabs, 30 million people across the four countries of the UK will be offered a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine six months after their second.

Health secretary Sajid Javid said the decision to launch a booster programme was made on the advice of the country’s expert panel, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

He pointed to signs that the vaccines’ effectiveness may decrease in vulnerable groups. “There is evidence that the protection offered by Covid-19 vaccines reduces over time, particularly older people who are at greater risk, so booster doses are an important way of keeping the virus under control for the long term,” he said…