The UK’s elderly cannot be given the fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, why?

Suara.com – UK government advisers have recommended against giving the fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to people over 80 years old or elderly.

The data show, the third injection already provides enough immunity. According to data compiled by the UK Health Security Agency, the third dose of vaccine for people over 65 years of age provides about 90 percent protection in hospitalization.

For the time being, the Government is still focused on providing a third dose of vaccine for all groups to increase protection, considering that the Omicron variant is said to be more contagious.

illustration of Covid-19 vaccination. [Envato]
illustration of Covid-19 vaccination. [Envato]

“Current data show that booster doses continue to provide a high level of protection against severe disease, even for the most vulnerable age groups,” said Prof. Wei Shen Lim, as chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination And Immunization.

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“For this reason, the committee has concluded there is no urgent need to introduce a second booster dose, although this will continue to be reviewed,” he said.

The UK currently offers booster injections to groups of adults across the country. Following the study, the second dose was found to be insufficient to protect individuals from the Omicron variant.

Vaccination aside, the number of people in the UK being treated with Covid-19 continued to climb to 18,454 as of Thursday (6/1/2022). This figure has more than doubled, compared to the number of incidents in the previous two weeks.

With the increase in Covid-19 cases and staff absenteeism at hospitals, the UK has pushed the military to provide assistance to doctors and nurses.

According to NHS England, more than 39,000 hospital staff were out of work due to Covid-19 as of 2 January. Of course, this figure rose to 59 percent from the previous week.

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The National Health Service publication said that staff absenteeism in all national hospital services, ranging from mental health services and other areas, was reported to have reached 120,000 people.


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