he Authorities has stated that it’s “assured” that folks will be capable of get a brand new bivalent Covid-19 jab as a part of the autumn booster programme.
The UK turned the primary nation on this planet to approve Moderna’s bivalent vaccine, which targets each the unique pressure of the virus and the Omicron variant, however it emerged that the nation doesn’t have sufficient doses to supply the brand new jab to all individuals eligible for the booster.
Some 26 million individuals will likely be invited to return ahead for a booster jab within the autumn however it’s understood that solely 13 million of the brand new bivalent Moderna jabs can be found.
Vaccines minister Maggie Throup instructed Good Morning Britain: “Clearly we’re getting shares in different new vaccines … and we’re getting additional shares as we undergo the following few weeks, however there are different vaccines coming on-line as nicely.
“So we’re fairly assured that we’ll be capable of ship the programme with a bivalent vaccine all through the following few weeks.”
However Professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), stated individuals eligible for a Covid-19 booster jab shouldn’t fear about what kind of vaccine they may obtain.
“The important thing level is that folks have to get vaccinated somewhat than worrying an excessive amount of about the kind of vaccine that they’re receiving,” he instructed BBC Breakfast.
“These are all superb vaccines, which have confirmed efficacy in opposition to extreme illness – that’s hospitalisation and demise.
“The entire foundation of the programme is to focus on these weak individuals for a booster to maintain their immunity topped up for cover in opposition to extreme illness.
“So the message actually is get vaccinated together with your booster and don’t fear an excessive amount of about the kind of vaccine that you just’re getting.
“However for simplicity’s sake, we’ll be attempting to make use of one vaccine and we imagine that this bivalent vaccine is probably an excellent vaccine and so we’ll be utilizing that within the first occasion.”
He stated these eligible for the autumn booster programme “wouldn’t get second-rate vaccines”, including: “They’re all superb vaccines.
“Each the Pfizer and Moderna unique pressure vaccines can be found.
“There might be different vaccines within the pipeline – Pfizer I imagine are growing a bivalent vaccine which we’ll take a look at very fastidiously on JCVI if it’s authorised.
“And naturally, the Authorities could order, or could have ordered, some extra bivalent Moderna vaccines in order that there’s going to be a collection of vaccines which can be found to make use of.”
Adults over 50 and clinically weak individuals will likely be supplied the primary Covid-19 jab to focus on two strains of the virus, as a part of the UK’s autumn booster programme.
Folks over the age of 5 who’re classed as most in danger from the virus will likely be eligible, as will their family contacts, NHS frontline and care dwelling workers and carers aged 16 or over.
The UK turned the primary nation to authorise the vaccine when the Medicines and Healthcare merchandise Regulatory Company authorised it on Monday.