The wait time between the first and second dose of the Covid vaccine is ‘to be halved to four weeks’ as No10 urges the jabs roll-out to be sped up with Freedom Day looming.
Officials have asked the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to provide immediate advice on reducing the interval from the eight weeks stated in current guidance, The Sunday Times has said.
Public Health England’s vaccination instructions issued to doctors and nurses states that for the AstraZeneca and Pfizer jabs ‘there is evidence of better immune response and/or protection where longer intervals between doses are used’.
CVI scientists will now compare the benefits of an extra immune response provided by a longer gap between doses to the vulnerability of people who have had only a single jab.
The reduction, if approved, would open up the prospect of quarantine-free foreign travel for millions who would otherwise have had to wait a further month to receive their second does.
The discussion comes amid surging cases of the now-dominant Delta variant – which is better able than others to evade the first dose – with Freedom Day looming.
But Boris Johnson is to press ahead with the lifting of Covid rules on July 19 despite increasing pressure last night from some doctors and scientists to delay the move.
The Prime Minister is expected to confirm tomorrow that all restrictions will be removed next week – with No 10 sources saying that Mr Johnson trusted in ‘the innate good sense of the British people’ not to embrace their new liberties ‘recklessly’.
The pledge came after the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AMRC) warned yesterday that the number of cases was ‘rising dramatically’ and the NHS was under unprecedented pressure.
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