UK Covid Live: Minister Says Government Will Take JCVI Advice On Shortening Gap For Booster Jabs

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The UK’s daily Covid-19 cases rose above 50,000 on Thursday for the first time since July, as Boris Johnson resisted calls for the government to activate its backup plan. The last time cases were at this level was 17 July. Daily data also showed 115 people died within 28 days of a positive test.

The PM said he would not be switching to “plan B”, adding: “We are continuing with the plan we set out in July. We are watching the numbers very carefully every day.”

The rising cases come as a minister said that any decision on whether to shorten the gap between the second dose of the Covid vaccine and the booster jab will depend on the advice of the experts on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Ministers and officials are reportedly considering plans to reduce the minimum delay from six to five months amid concerns about the speed of the rollout of the booster jabs. Care minister Gillian Keegan told Sky News:

“The JCVI look at all the data. They’ve advised us six months. Of course they continually look at the data but they are the only people who can really answer this question.

“If they advise us, our job then would be to get ready to do whatever they say. But at the moment it is six months. It is not unknown, the JCVI have changed over periods of time and have reacted.”

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Source : https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2021/oct/22/uk-covid-live-booster-jabs-cases-data-jcvi-latest-updates?page=with:block-617280428f08677c375d94b2

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