Third Covid jabs to start this month, says Health Secretary

By Neil Shaw

People will start to get a third Covid jab this month, England's Health Secretary said this morning.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he is “very confident” there will be a booster programme for coronavirus, but is awaiting advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

He told Sky News: “In terms of who actually gets it and when, we’re waiting for final advice which could come across, certainly, in the next few days from the JCVI.”

He said the advice is expected to include information on whether people should get different vaccines to the ones they have already had or the same ones, and added: “I’m confident that we can start the booster programme this month.”

Mr Javid also suggested first doses for healthy children aged 12 to 15 could be approved within days by the UK's four Chief Medical Officers.

Last week the JCVI approved third doses, but only for around 500,000 people with weakened immune systems. Those third doses did not count as a booster programme, as they're for people in whom the first two doses might not have worked.

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