UK extends COVID-19 booster programme to younger adults

London: Britain’s government extended its COVID-19 booster programmes to younger people Monday, hoping to stave off a fresh wave of infections during the colder winter months.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation said people aged 40 to 49 will also be eligible for a vaccine booster shot six months after their initial shot. People 50 and over had previously been eligible.

The decision comes after a senior U.K. official told Sky News that the vaccination program offered the best opportunity to prevent a re-imposition of restrictions over Christmas.

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It is in our hands,” Conservative Party chairman Oliver Dowden said. If you get the booster when the call comes, that is the biggest wall of defence that we have against COVID.

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