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Covid vaccine: Brits warned some will need fourth booster jab for protection

Immunosuppressed need an extra vaccine dose says doctor

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In the UK booster vaccines are now being encouraged and offered to those who have already had their first two Covid-19 vaccinations. The government has said that everyone in England will have been offered a booster vaccination before the end of January 2022. With fears that the new Omicron variant may be more contagious than Delta, the UK government have expanded the vaccine rollout.

On Jeremy Vine this morning Dr Chris Smith spoke to callers who had already been vaccinated but were querying the booster rollout.

Caller Jennifer from Durham said: “The difference was made by the Prime Minister in an early briefing about this new variant and he said that people placed in the extremely clinically vulnerable group could expect to be given a fourth vaccination.

 “Now I’ve had all three jabs and as someone who’s been placed in this group I would very much like to know would I expect this in six months, three months or one month.

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“I mean when you are in this group, it is quite a difficult life to lead really only going for hospital, Doctor and clinical appointments.”

Dr Smith replied: “When we first began vaccinating people the regiment was to give two doses to everybody.

“But what emerged over the summer was that people who are immunosuppressed, in other words, they’ve got some kind of disorder that prevents the immune system from working in the normal way.

“For instants, they have had a bone marrow transplant or an organ transplant they’re taking immune-suppressing drugs.”

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Explaining the booster rollout amidst confusion Dr Smith added: “Or they have some kind of condition underlying the failure of their immune system to work quite as well they need an extra dose.

“So what we were calling a full course of vaccination for those people became three doses, not two doses.

“For the average person who had two doses they then needed a booster dose, so it is slightly confusing.

“There are three doses in your primary course for people with an immunocompromised problem.”

“Two doses in your primary course for people who don’t have that problem but everyone should get a booster.

He concluded that: “So there will be some people who have had two doses and then a booster and others who have had three doses and then a booster.

Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid have announced this week is that window between the booster following the primary dose regiment finishing used to be six months, but now it’s been narrowed to three months.

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