The United Kingdom Public Health Service (NHS) will offer from tomorrow, Monday, in this country a new booster vaccine -or fourth dose- against COVID to groups considered vulnerable.
Around 5 million citizens are expected to get the additional injection and around 600,000 will be invited to get the new booster dose this week, according to the NHS.
Health authorities will offer the dose to adults over 75, residents of nursing homes and groups of people over 12 considered vulnerable.
The spring booster program will kick off at a time when COVID positives continue to rise across the country, where an estimated one in 20 people are now infected with the virus, and with around 100,000 cases a day in the UK set.
The British Minister for Health, Sajid Javid, has urged citizens to “get vaccinated as soon as they are contacted by the NHS.”
Until now, only those with weakened immune systems had been considered for the four doses of the vaccine, but starting tomorrow, a second booster shot will be given six months after the previous one.
Scotland and Wales have already launched their own spring vaccination programs under the same terms but it is not yet known when it will start in Northern Ireland although it is believed to be this spring.
Adults who are going to be vaccinated with the fourth dose will be offered preparations from Pfizer or Moderna, while those between 12 and 18 years of age will be given Pfizer.
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