Covid vaccine UK: Booster jabs ‘could begin in September’

Plans to offer a third vaccine by the autumn are being drawn up (Picture: Reuters)

The first details of what a Covid vaccine booster programme could look like have been released by the Government.

Up to 32 million people could be called to receive a third dose of the vaccine from September, according to the plans drawn up by the NHS.

The UK is the first country in the world to publish interim guidance on a Covid-19 vaccine booster campaign, though a number of other countries are considering proposals.

Experts advising the Government have also set out the priority list for who should get a third jab, if such a booster programme is needed.

The plans have been drawn up to ensure the NHS is prepared for any possible campaign while officials await more data on whether a third vaccine is required to bolster protection over the winter months.

At the first stage, 15 million of the most vulnerable people across the UK will be called forward including over-70s, health and care workers, older care home residents, the clinically extremely vulnerable, and people who are immunocompromised.

The second stage will extend to a further 17 million people including over-50s, adults over the age of 16 who usually are offered a free NHS flu jab, those aged 16-49 in a Covid at-risk group, and people who are in regular contact with someone who is immunocompromised.

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