Hexham MP Guy Opperman gets his fourth coronavirus vaccine as he urges others to get jabbed

By James Robinson

The coronavirus booster vaccine campaign is well under way - but while some of us are waiting for their third jab, one Northumberland MP is already on his fourth dose.

Hexham MP Guy Opperman has encouraged constituents to get their booster after he had his fourth vaccine.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is weighing up levels of immunity with the second set of boosters, but fourth jabs have already been offered to people with weakened immune systems.

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Other vulnerable groups including the elderly may be offered it soon too.

Amateur jockey Mr Opperman is considered immunocompromised after he lost his spleen in a horse-riding accident 15 years ago.

It puts the MP in the most vulnerable category, making him eligible for the fourth vaccine.

Mr Opperman said: "‘I would encourage everyone eligible to get jabbed. If you get asked for your booster by the local NHS please take it! There are appointments aplenty for boosting and first timers.’’

According to the latest data from Public Health England, 62% of the UK population aged 12 and over have now had their booster. A total of 90.4% have had one dose while 83% have had two doses.

Some experts believe seasonal booster jabs will be needed to combat Covid, although this has not yet been confirmed.

Vaccine company Moderna has said they are working on a seasonal flu jab that combines with the coronavirus.

As reported by The Mirror, speaking on the likelihood of a fourth jab JCVI member Professor Adam Finn, said: "I think there will be people probably who will receive a fourth jab - whether that will be everyone, I think, is still very much in doubt.

"It is still under review and discussion, and we will be providing recommendations on that at some point in the new year."

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