(Belga) People over 40 will be able to receive a third dose of Covid-19 vaccine in the United Kingdom from Monday, in an effort to strengthen the protection of the population this winter.
The injection should take place at least six months after the administration of the second dose, an interval considered to be the most relevant in terms of the effectiveness of the vaccine. Until now, the third injection against Covid-19 has only been given to people over the age of 50, frontline caregivers and people with health problems that make them vulnerable to the virus. Young people aged 16 and 17 will also be able to receive their second dose from Monday as well. “This means that people will be able to have a safe Christmas,” the UK Department of Health said on Sunday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had previously warned the British of a possible new wave of contamination, referring to the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases observed in many European countries. The number of new daily infections has been very high in the country for several weeks, with at least 40,000 cases reported per day. More than 80% of people over the age of 12 have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the UK. Of these, about a quarter have already received a booster dose. (Belga)