A THIRD jab is set to be offered to over 50s this autumn in an attempt to tackle the new threat of variants this winter.
The third shot will be given in conjunction with the annual flu jab and will either be a new vaccine designed to fight variants or another dose of an existing vaccine.
A senior government minister told The Times: “We will have a lot to say about the booster programme soon.
“It’s looking really positive so far.
“We think that the level of protection in the population to any variant will be so high that by Christmas, Covid-19 should have just faded away into the background like any other illness in circulation.
“So much that we don’t think there will be any need to give a booster shot to young people because transmission will have got so low."
With the current vaccines successfully guarding Brits against the Kent variant, the protection they offer to other variants is much weaker.
It is also believed that it will be necessary to give the third jab to those who have underlying health conditions or those who are at risk.
All over-50s to ‘get a third Covid jab in autumn’ to stop third wave and tackle threat of new variants
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