Covid vaccine: Over-65s could need an autumn booster shot – among other groups

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The UKHSA has announced its autumn guidance on Thursday, May 19. It recommends all citizens over the age of 65 should be offered an autumn Covid vaccine booster. Moreover, all frontline workers and those in a clinical risk group will also be eligible. This guidance is the first to consider a potential Covid cold weather strategy.

In a statement, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said a Covid vaccine should be offered to:
• Residents in a care home for older adults and staff
• Frontline health and social care workers
• All those 65 years of age and over
• Adults aged 16 to 64 years who are in a clinical risk group.

The JCVI added that the primary objective this autumn “will be to increase population immunity and protection against severe COVID-19 disease, specifically hospitalisation and death, over the winter period”.

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While the guidance is useful for both the government and its subsidiaries, it is interim.

This means it is open to change and is not set in stone.

The JCVI added: “The Committee recognises there is considerable uncertainty with regards to the likelihood, timing and severity of any potential future wave of COVID-19 in the UK in the year ahead.

“Despite these uncertainties, winter will remain the season when the threat from COVID-19 is greatest for individuals and health communities.”

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