Coronavirus: Vaccination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th January 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a second covid-19 booster for people aged over (a) 70 and (b) 80 years old.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

On 7 January 2022, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) indicated that an immediate second booster dose in the most vulnerable, such as the elderly, would provide limited additional benefit against severe disease. This advice was based on evidence that vaccine effectiveness against hospitalisation due to the Omicron variant continues to be highly effective at approximately 90% at 10 weeks after one booster dose in those aged 65 years old and over.

The JCVI will continue its review of the booster programme, particularly in relation to the potential merits of any second booster doses for older adults and the most vulnerable.

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