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Sajid Javid says people over 50 will ‘probably’ need another COVID booster later this year

Sajid Javid Says People Over 50 Will 'Probably' Need Another Covid Booster Later This Year

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has given his strongest indication yet that a fifth dose will be offered this autumn

The fifth COVID jobs could be rolled out this autumn, with the health secretary suggesting in the strongest indication yet that the vaccination program will be expanded again.

Sajid Javid this morning excited about whether another booster campaign is in the works, with Sajid Javid claiming it is ‘possible… probably for people who are 50 and older’. But he said a ‘final’ decision was yet to be taken.

Over 75, care home residents and patients with weakened immune systems will start receiving invitations for Vasant COVID Top-up from today to boost the immunity levels of lakhs of people.

If he is offered another jab in the fall, it will be his fifth. Some immunocompromised adults may have already had five by then.

Mr Javid also revealed that the ‘level of concern’ of No10 has not changed over the past two weeks, despite infections and hospitalisations. He said the number was “still below its peak”.

He also urged people to treat COVID like any other infectious disease and ‘behave wisely’ if they were feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms – including less socializing and avoiding spreading the virus. This includes staying indoors. He gave advice before scrapping England’s free trial offer from next Friday.

Five million Britons were eligible for a second booster today, with the first 600,000 expected to be invited this week.

The move comes after the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) recommended Vasant top-up as a precautionary measure.

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It is now six months since the rollout of England’s third shot was launched. Scotland launched its top-up campaign more than a week ago.

Experts expressed concern that the current spurt in cases and hospitalizations could be an early sign of reduced immunity from boosters, calling for ‘more oomph’ in the programme.

Mr Javid claimed the spring roll-out – which will cover those over 75, care for home residents and anyone with a weakened immune system – ‘will enhance their protection against this virus and allow them to feel more confident about their lives’. will allow to go about daily life.

Sajid Javid Says People Over 50 Will 'Probably' Need Another Covid Booster Later This Year

When the plans were first announced, officials claimed it would mean that some severely immunocompromised people who had already had them four times would get a fifth. The group may include blood cancer patients and transplant recipients.

It also raises the possibility that if a third round of boosters is approved, a sixth dose could be offered to hundreds of thousands this autumn as well.

Ministers have made no secret of plans for an annual COVID jabbing programme, which could cost in the region of £600 million. It is expected that COVID vaccines may eventually be released every year in the same way as flu jabs. These are already offered free of charge to people over 50 every winter.

SAGE scientists also backed the strategy, saying it would likely be part of a gradual transition to endemic infections of the coronavirus.

But other scientists have claimed that a never-ending cycle of boosters may be needed if the virus becomes milder over time.

Britain’s Covid cases have been rising for the past two weeks, with the country now recording an average of about 80,000 new infections a day.

Hospitalizations have also been rising during this period, and are now at a level similar to those in late January, when the omicron wave was waning.

But half of Covid patients in hospital are considered ’emergent’ cases – those who test positive after being admitted for some other reason, or fall ill from something else only after beating the disease.

This could mean that the recent increase in hospitalizations is more likely to reflect infection rates in the community rather than serious illness.

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The daily number of Covid infections in the UK has increased over the past two-and-a-half weeks, now with an average of around 78,000 cases per day.

The hospital now has around 14,000 Covid patients, up from around 12,000 a week ago. However statistics show that about half of these are ‘accidental’, where someone was admitted for another illness such as a fall before testing positive.

Asked about BBC Breakfast figures, Mr Javid said the ministers’ level of concern had not changed.

‘That’s because although case numbers are rising, infections are rising and in fact hospital numbers are rising, they are still far below their peak.

‘And it’s also important for us when we review it, to understand why they are increasing and that’s mainly because of the social mix that we’re seeing after the country opens up.

‘But also the ba.2 sub-variant of Omicron, which we know is more contagious, on the one hand, but on the other hand, we know that our vaccines work against this sub-variant as well.

‘And so with all these things in mind, we certainly review the data, but there’s no specific cause for concern at this point in time.’

The uptick coincides with increasing cases of an even more permeable version of Omicron named BA.2. This quickly became the major tension.

However, ministers in England say the increase was to be ‘expected’ after the country’s ‘Independence Day’ on 24 February – when the last COVID measures were dumped.

Asked on BBC Breakfast about Britain’s rising Covid cases, Mr Javid said: ‘Our level of concern has not changed and that is because although cases are rising, infections are increasing and hospital numbers are actually increasing. However, they are still below their peak.

‘And it’s also important for us when we review it, to understand why they are increasing and that’s mainly because of the social mix that we’re seeing after the country opens up.

‘But also the ba.2 sub-variant of Omicron, which we know is more contagious, on the one hand, but on the other hand, we know that our vaccines work against this sub-variant as well.

‘And so with all these things in mind, we certainly review the data, but there’s no specific cause for concern at this point in time.’

The hospital now has around 14,000 Covid patients, up from around 12,000 a week ago.

But commenting on the figures, Mr. Javid said: ‘The numbers that are actually there for COVID are very few and this gives us a lot of confidence that we are learning to live with COVID.’

England will no longer offer free lateral flow or PCR testing to most people as part of the strategy from next Friday.

In Scotland, the swabbing regime will end in May, while in Wales they will no longer be available at the end of July. Northern Ireland has yet to set a date.

Mr Javid urged people to adopt a ‘common sense’ approach after the end of the trial.

He said: ‘If you are not feeling well, if you have symptoms of covid, it is not good to mingle with other people – the right idea is to try to spend some time trying to stay away from others . ,

‘(Tests) are still free, but from 1 April they will no longer be in the context of a universal offer – from that point on we will focus our tests on those who are most vulnerable or in vulnerable settings.

‘And I think that’s the right approach, after April 1st if people have symptoms of covid, they should just behave sensibly – like you’d expect someone to actually behave if they’ve had the flu in the past. The symptoms were – and that is to socialize a little less, stay indoors and wait until you feel better.’

Asked whether people should still get tested, even if they have to pay for it, Mr Javid said: ‘I think it will be a decision for that person. If you are someone who is vulnerable then the test will still be available for free.

He added that some high street retailers were selling the tests for ‘like £2 each’, adding: ‘So for those who want one – even if they are not in a vulnerable group – it is an option that is still available to them. available for.

Sajid Javid Says People Over 50 Will 'Probably' Need Another Covid Booster Later This Year

Sajid Javid Says People Over 50 Will 'Probably' Need Another Covid Booster Later This Year

Mr Javid urged Britons to start living with COVID like any other infectious disease during an interview on Good Morning Britain, saying: ‘When it comes to someone who may have to take time off work have or may have to socialize less because they believe they can be positive. , which is handled in the same way as all other infectious diseases are handled.

Vulnerable people in England will start receiving invitations for Spring Covid Booster from today. People aged 75 years and above and those who are immunocompromised will be able to book from 7 am.

Local NHS teams will contact care homes to arrange a jab for those who are eligible and have been invited.

The NHS said it would invite people to arrange a jab through the national booking service, which can be accessed online at nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119, when it is their turn.

Nikki Kanani, GP and Deputy SRO for the NHS COVID Vaccination Program, said: ‘Sadly, we are still seeing a large number of people seriously unwell in hospital with COVID, so it is important that those at risk People should come forward when they are invited to do so. Hence.

‘The public response to the largest and most successful vaccination program ever in the history of the NHS has been incredible, with more than nine in 10 people aged 75 years receiving their initial booster.

‘The NHS COVID Vaccination Program is geared up to protect people once again, so please come forward for your spring dose when you are invited.’

The health chief is anticipating a high rise of the spring booster among people aged 75 and over and over 4.5 million of them following their top-up jab in autumn and winter.

The NHS said it has recruited additional call handlers for the 119 service to help people book their vaccine appointments, while hundreds of sites including community pharmacies, vaccination centers and hospital centers will administer boosters.

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