Winter Covid vaccines axed for under-65s

by | Aug 8, 2023 | Health

Getty ImagesCovid vaccines will not be offered routinely to healthy under-65s this winter, following advice from UK immunisation experts.Last autumn, all over-50s were invited for a booster jab to protect them during the winter months.But only the over-65s should get the option this year, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation said.Younger people with health problems, along with a number of other specific groups, should remain eligible.Committee chair Professor Wei Shen Lim said the move was about focusing on those at greatest risk of getting seriously ill: “These persons will benefit the most from a booster vaccination.”It is important that everyone who is eligible takes up a booster this autumn – helping to prevent them from hospitalisations and deaths arising from the virus over the winter months.”It had previously been announced that the age cut-off for routine eligibility of the flu jab was also to be set at 65, after that too was reduced to 50 during the pandemic.The full list of those eligible for a Covid vaccine are:Residents in a care home for older adultsAll adults aged 65 years and overPeople aged six months to 64 years in a clinical risk groupFrontline health and social care workersPeople aged 12 to 64 who are household contacts of people with immunosuppressionPeople aged 16 to 64 who are carers and staff working in care homes for older adultsEngland’s Health Secretary, Steve Barclay, said he had accepted the advice, and NHS England would soon confirm details of the rollout, which aims to be finished by December.”I would urge anyone invited to come forward as soon as possible.”The other UK nations are expected to follow suit.Related TopicsCoronavirus vaccinesCoronavirus pandemic …

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