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UK plans to administer coronavirus vaccine booster shots to elderly

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British Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi announced on Friday that the country will begin to disperse coronavirus vaccine booster shots to citizens who are 70 or older.

The booster shots are set to begin in September of this year and will be provided to elderly British citizens in an effort to protect them from emerging coronavirus variants, according to The Telegraph.

“Jonathan Van-Tam [the deputy chief medical officer] thinks that if we are going to see a requirement for a booster jab to protect the most vulnerable, [it] would be around September,” Zahawi told the newspaper.

The booster shot will also be provided to social care workers and frontline National Health Service workers, the outlet noted.

The U.K. announced last week that half of all adults in the country have received at least their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

“It’s so important because this vaccine is our way out of this pandemic,” Health Minister Matt Hancock said at the time.

He also encouraged U.K. citizens to take advantage of their opportunity to receive the vaccine.

“So when you get the call, please come forward and get the jab, and join the majority of adults who’ve now been jabbed,” he said.

 

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