Plan to accelerate the rollout of the second dose of the vaccine to the over-50s will not delay younger people being offered their first dose, England’s chief medical officer has said.
The Prime Minister announced on Friday that the over-50s will now be offered their second jab eight weeks after their first – instead of 12 weeks.
The change comes as the UK tries to ward off the possibility of a new surge in cases caused by the India variant, which is feared to be up to 50% more transmissible than the Kent variant.
Boris Johnson told a Downing Street press briefing: “The race between our vaccination programme and the virus may be about to become a great deal tighter, and it’s more important than ever therefore that people get the protection of a second dose.”
He said the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation had advised speeding up second doses to vulnerable groups.