Boris urged target those ‘suffering in silence’ over implementing fourth vaccine rollout

GB News: Eamonn on unvaccinated people's affect on NHS

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A panel of scientists advising Israel pointed to signs of waning immunity a few months after the third shot, and said that any delay in additional doses might prove too late to protect those most at risk. The nation has started to offer all medical staff and over 60s a fourth vaccine, whilst Germany has ordered 80 million doses of the Biontech vaccine to give a fourth dose to its population by May.

But some scientists have warned that the plan could backfire, because too many shots might cause a sort of immune system fatigue for the elderly, compromising the body’s ability to fight the coronavirus, according to The New York Times. Scientific bodies across the world have emphasised that more data must be gathered from the booster rollout and Omicron in order to decipher the best course of action.

JCVI boss Sir Andrew Pollard has stressed that although the UK must “rely on the vaccines and the boosters” to protect the most vulnerable in society, giving Covid jabs to the entire populous every six months is “not sustainable”.

In a poll of 2,836 Express.co.uk readers, held from January 4 to 6, 64 percent of voters said the UK should not give out a fourth dose of a Covid vaccine before spring, compared to 33 percent who said it should, and three percent who were not sure.

One reader nicknamed ‘Old Reo’ commented: “No. We are done. Target the old and vulnerable with vaccination invites and leave the rest to get on with life. Concentrate on the neglected generations who have missed appointments and suffered in silence.”

Professor Robin Shattock of Imperial College London is developing a new RNA vaccine technology, backed by AstraZeneca, which he hopes will revolutionise jab delivery.

Covid vaccinations could become like flu jabs with each injection given out once a year and containing vaccines for several strains of the virus.

Professor Shattock said: “I think initially people thought there would just be one Covid vaccine. But as we see more and more variants, it may be that one needs to have the equivalent of the flu jab with several strains in your Covid vaccine.”

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He added: “It makes no sense to continue to make a vaccine based on the initial Wuhan strain. It’s inevitable that we will see updated vaccine approaches.”

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