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First coronavirus booster vaccines given in England

The first coronavirus booster vaccines have been administered in England as frontline health workers receive their doses in time for winter.

Article originally published by The Telegraph. Hargreaves Lansdown is not responsible for its content or accuracy and may not share the author's views. News and research are not personal recommendations to deal. All investments can fall in value so you could get back less than you invest.

The first coronavirus booster vaccines have been administered in England as frontline health workers receive their doses in time for winter.

The rollout began on Thursday, just two days after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) approved the programme for all over-50s.

Catherine Cargill, a maternity support worker at Croydon University Hospital, was one of the first in England to receive her booster.

“I’ve just had my booster vaccine, my Pfizer vaccine, and I have had it ahead of the winter season to make sure I am protected, to make sure I can carry on working, I can carry on spending time with my family, and so I can carry on with my studies,” she said.

“I would definitely want to encourage you to get your booster shot when you are invited to do that.”

Around 4.5million people will be eligible for a third jab, which cannot be given before 6 months after their second dose.

Those who are eligible include:

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • all adults aged 50 years or over
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all those aged 16-to-49 with underlying health conditions
  • adult carers and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals

The first doses have been administered in hospital hubs, with GP sites and pharmacies expected to come online in the coming days.

One dose of Pfizer or a half-dose of Moderna will be used in the booster programme, following the recommendations from the JCVI.

But in a letter sent to vaccination providers on Wednesday, NHS England said sites “should not administer half-dose Moderna boosters until instructed to do so” because administration systems, training and patient information leaflets must first be updated.

NHS England made history in December 2020 when Margaret Keenan received the first dose of a Covid jab outside of a clinical trial.

Now more than 48.8million first doses and 44.1million second doses have been administered-representing four in five adults receiving both doses.

Dr Nikki Kanani, a GP and deputy lead for the Covid vaccination programme, said: “Alongside one of our busiest summers in the NHS, our hardworking staff have also been gearing up to deliver the autumn booster programme, to give further protection to healthcare and social care workers and those most at risk from the virus.

“Now that the decision has been taken by the JCVI and once the relevant checks are in place, the NHS will invite you for your booster vaccination.

"There is no need to contact the NHS – we will be in touch with you when it is your turn to get your booster vaccine – at least six months on since your last dose.

“The fast preparations of staff to get ready for boosters comes on the back of our biggest vaccination drive in health history which has delivered more than 77million vaccinations across the country.

“Getting the vaccine remains the best way to protect yourself and those around you from Covid – so please do come forward for this top up of protection when you are invited.”


This article was written by Lizzie Roberts and Health Reporter from The Telegraph and was legally licensed through the Industry Dive publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@industrydive.com.


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