Last chance for under-50s to get Covid booster jab
Why it matters
This is significant as it marks the end of the booster programme for healthy adults aged 16 to 49, and the start of a more targeted approach for booster jabs. The JCVI has advised that the offer of initial vaccinations to healthy five to 49-year-olds should be withdrawn in 2023 in favour of a more targeted approach, but the Government has not yet made any announcement about future policy.
What the papers say
The Independent, BBC News, The Guardian, Sky News
How we got here
The booster programme has been available for more than a year, and so far, 17.3 million people have had a booster jab over the winter. The NHS has said Sunday February 12 will be the last day people in this age group can attend a vaccination site for their primary doses, while hundreds of thousands of appointments will be available for booster jabs. The JCVI has also advised that there should be another autumn vaccination campaign later this year, as well as a potential spring campaign for the most vulnerable.
More on these topics
The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.
The National Health Service is the publicly funded healthcare system in England, and one of the four National Health Service systems in the United Kingdom.
The Food and Drug Administration is a federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of the United States federal executive departments.
The United States of America, commonly known as the United States or America, is a country mostly located in central North America, between Canada and Mexico.
Paul Allan Offit is an American pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases, vaccines, immunology, and virology. He is the co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine. Offit is the Maurice R.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is an independent expert advisory committee which advises United Kingdom health departments on immunisation, making recommendations concerning vaccination schedules and vaccine safety.
CDC? is a children's puzzle book written and illustrated by author and cartoonist William Steig. Originally published in 1984, it is a sequel to his 1968 picture book CDB! and is of the same concept: letters and numbers that suggest the sounds of words...