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Covid-19: Fourth vaccine doses: 4th COVID-19 vaccine dose not needed at this time, UK committee says: Fourth dose of COVID vaccine not needed in UK, committee tells government

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  • Fourth dose of corona vaccine will not be given in Britain
  • Government advisor said – getting adequate protection from the third dose
  • PM Johnson said – public beware of rumors against vaccine

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British government advisors have recommended against admission to nursing homes and the fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for people over the age of 80. They claim that the data shows that the third dose provides permanent protection against hospitalization. According to data prepared by the Health Protection Agency in the UK, people over the age of 65 have 90 percent protection from hospitalization for three months after taking the third dose.

no need for fourth dose
As a result, the Joint Committee on Immunization on Friday advised the government that at this time there is no need to give a fourth dose, or a second booster (additional dose), to vulnerable people. Instead, the government should focus on providing a third dose to as many people as possible to promote protection against the highly infectious Omicron form.

Adequate protection from the third dose
Professor Wei Shen Lim, chairman of the committee, said that current data shows that additional doses still provide high levels of protection against serious disease, even for the most vulnerable older age groups. He also said that for this reason, the committee has concluded that there is no urgent need to introduce a second additional dose, although this will continue to be reviewed.

PM Johnson called anti-vaccine talk misleading
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hit out at anti-vaccine groups spreading misinformation on social media but dismissed the notion that Britain is following some European countries in making COVID-19 vaccination a mandatory legal requirement. Johnson, who visited a vaccination center in Northampton, eastern England, said Britain would maintain a voluntary, not coercive, approach to its vaccination programme.

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