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Ministers are reportedly mulling whether to cut the interval between booster jabs and a second dose of a コロナウイルス vaccine from six months to five, as the race between inoculations and infections intensifies.
With former health secretary Jeremy Hunt among those to have called for “more flexibility” in the winter rollout, ボリス・ジョンソン said the time period between jabs was an “extremely important point” and stressed the need to “keep going as fast as possible”.
It came as the UK reported more than 50,000 cases in a single day, which – save for two days in July – has not happened since January, when the emergence of the Alpha variant led to an average of more than 1,000 deaths per day across that month.
Despite the country recording an average of 130 deaths each day this week, at the most recent count, care minister Gillian Keegan insisted the fatality rate remains “very low”.
Parents can book coronavirus jabs for children online from this evening
As of this evening, parents in England will be able to book Covid-19 jabs online for children aged between 12 そして 15, with appointments available as early as the weekend.
With take-up of the vaccine as low as 5 per cent in some local authorities among this age group – thought to be currently the most likely to catch the virus – teenagers will be able to check the national booking system to see if their local site has appointments, which will begin from Saturday.
Millions of letters are set to be sent to parents over the coming weeks, inviting them to book the vaccine online or by calling 119.
If a child has already been invited to be jabbed through their school, parents do not need to book unless they wish to get their child vaccinated outside of school.
Any decision to cut booster jab interval will depend on the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), 大臣は言った.
“The JCVI look at all the data. They’ve advised us six months,” care minister Gillian Keegan told Sky News.
“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.”
彼女は付け加えた: “It is not unknown, the JCVI have changed over periods of time and have reacted.”
A major hospital has declared a “critical incident” after a surge in demand saw more than 100 patients awaiting treatment in A&E and 25 ambulances queueing outside.
The Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske, in Truro said “unprecedented” pressure this week is worse “than at any point during the pandemic., and urged “families, friends and neighbours” to collect any patients who are able to “to leave hospital sooner.”
Managers at Cornwall’s main hospital raised the operating level from OPEL4 — known as a ‘black alert’ — to an ‘internal critical incident’ to allow for greater cooperation to ease the crisis.
Alastair Jamieson has more details here:
‘Unprecedented’ pressure at Treliske in Cornwall is worse ‘than at any point during the pandemic’
Wait before Covid booster jabs ‘could be cut to five months’ to speed up rollout
Here’s more detail on our headline story this morning – that the interval between booster jabs and a second vaccine dose could be cut from six months to five.
Government officials and ministers have said the time interval between doses is a matter for the experts on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), my colleague Emily Atkinson レポート.
だが 保護者 said Downing Street sources confirmed the option was being examined, 一方 デイリーテレグラフ said the JCVI was showing an interest in the idea of giving booster doses a month early.
During a visit to Northern Ireland yesterday, Boris Johnson said the time period between jabs was an “extremely important point” and stressed the need to “keep going as fast as possible” to deliver booster vaccines.
Delay between doses could reportedly be cut from six months to five
Covid death rates still ‘very low’, minister insists
The government’s care minister Gillian Keegan has insisted coronavirus death rates remain “very low” – despite the UK recording an average of 130 daily deaths at the most recent count this week.
Asked why ministers are not putting its “plan B” in place, Ms Keegan told Sky News that the most important part of the government’s response was the booster campaign, 追加する: “Of course we have Plan B there. It is there for a reason. But right now … we know the vaccine is the best thing, so we’re really focusing on making sure that is rolled out.
彼女は付け加えた: “When we reopened on 19 7月, we did that because we’d shown we’d broken the link between the cases and the deaths – and that’s still the case. The cases are high, and obviously we’re not complacent about that, but the death rates still are very low.”
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