4th Covid vaccine set to be rolled out next week as Nottingham cases rise

Another Covid booster vaccine could be rolled out across England as soon as next week, it has been reported, meaning people will have received four doses. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization last month recommended extra boosters for over-75s.

Third doses of the jab started rolling out more than six months ago. And former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has called for “more oomph on fourth jabs”, the Mirror reports.

An NHS England spokesman said: “The NHS will be vaccinating eligible people with a spring dose six months after their first booster, starting later this month for the small number of people eligible before April.”

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Covid cases have risen by half in the last week with around 70,000 positive tests a day. It comes as much of Nottingham has seen a steady rise in Covid infection rates following the relaxation of restrictions.

Mass vaccination means that hospitalization and death rates remain low, while the number of people catching the virus has risen 48% week on week. The latest government data, which shows cases up to March 9, displays some areas of the city that have experienced sharp increases from the previous week.

North Sherwood, for example, saw a rise of 41 cases – equating to 273 per cent – whilst Bulwell North rose by 43 (358.3%). Meanwhile, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has suggested another booster of the coronavirus vaccine could be rolled out in the autumn, as he said he expected experts to recommend an extra dose of the jab.

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He said he would follow the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), but suggested the jabs would be offered before the end of the year.

Speaking on ITV’s Peston program, he said: “When it comes to vaccinations I think we rightly take the advice of our clinicians. There’s a committee, it’s called the JCVI and we listen very carefully to what they’ve got to say.

They look at the data very, very carefully and their latest advice as you say is that there should be a second boost – or let’s call it a fourth dose – but to focus on those over 75, those in care homes, those who are immunosuppressed . Now we will start that by the end of this month, that’s what we’ve said and we’re completely on track for that. But we listen to their advice all the time, should they come forward … “

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But when pushed as to whether this would be widened to the general population – not just those who are considered vulnerable – he said: “I think at some point they will and they’ve actually been clear, and their most recent advice is that they think that towards the end of this year, maybe in the autumn, there will be a need to give a lot more people a boost, an offer of a boost, but I’ll wait for that advice. “

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