The government advisers of the United Kingdom recommended not administering a fourth dose of the vaccine COVID-19 to nursing home residents and people over the age of 80 because data shows that a third injection offers lasting protection against hospital admission.
For people over 65, protection against hospitalization remains at around 90% three months after the third dose, according to data compiled by the UK Health Safety Agency.
As a result, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization informed the government on Friday that there was no need to offer a fourth dose or a second booster to vulnerable people at this time.
Instead, the government should focus on giving a third dose to as many people as possible to increase protection against the omicron variant highly transmissible.
“Current data shows that the booster dose continues to provide high levels of protection against serious illness, even for the most vulnerable older age groups,” said committee chair Professor Wei Shen Lim.
“For this reason, the committee concluded that there is no immediate need to introduce a second booster dose, although this will continue to be reviewed.”
The UK is racing to offer booster shots to adults across the country after research showed two doses were not enough to protect people from omicron.
The variant has fueled an increase in infections and hospitalizations for coronavirus.
Hospitalized for COVID-19 in the UK
The number of people in the United Kingdom hospitalized with COVID-19 it rose to 18,454 on Thursday, more than double the number two weeks earlier.
Increasing staff absences in UK hospitals have already prompted the military to provide support to beleaguered doctors and nurses.
More than 39,000 hospital staff in England were off work for COVID-19-related reasons on January 2, up 59% from the previous week, according to the NHS of England.
The respected trade publication, the Health Service Journal, said staff absences across the National Health Service, including mental health trusts and other areas, can reach 120,000.
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