Will there be a fourth Covid vaccine booster jab and how often do you need to get them?


The UK is considering asking certain groups to get a fourth vaccination jab to try and tackle the coronavirus. The virus is currently rife in the country and is at record levels

A Liverpool resident getting a booster jab
A Liverpool resident getting a booster jab

The UK is considering the need for a fourth shot of the vaccine in the form of a second booster jab.

The government is amid plans to get every eligible person over the age of 18 a booster by the New Year in a bid to tackle the coronavirus. Further measures are also reported to have been considered.

This is amid a surge in cases; the dominant Omicron variant is currently rampant in the UK.

On December 23, the UK recorded a surge of 119,789 Covid-19 cases, the highest since the beginning of the pandemic and a 35% increase in just one week.

Some countries have already declared that they will begin pursuing a fourth jab, or a second booster, to help with the spread.

So will there be a second booster?

Will there be a fourth Covid booster vaccine shot?

Brits may well be asked to take a fourth vaccine shot to tackle Covid-19
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Brits may well be asked to take a fourth vaccine shot to try and slow down the spread of Omicron.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is weighing up levels of immunity with the second set of boosters.

Fourth jabs have already been offered to people with weakened immune systems, but other vulnerable groups including the elderly may be offered it soon too.

It would follow in the footsteps of Israel, where a panel of experts recommended that a fourth shot be given to all people over the age of 60 and healthcare workers.

Meanwhile, German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach told public broadcaster ZDF: “We will need a fourth vaccination.

“We know this already — we need a specific variant vaccination against Omicron.”

It is believed that if a fourth jab was made for wide use, it should be ready four months after the rollout of the third and available in the New Year.

How often will we need to get booster vaccines?

There is a debate around if we will need regular jabs, but there is no clear answer yet
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Whether we will continue to need booster jabs, much like the way we keep on top of the flu, is not yet confirmed, but some experts believe this will be the case.

Time will tell if the virus will hang around, but vaccine company Moderna has said they are working on a seasonal flu jab that combines with the coronavirus.

So, as for the likelihood of a fourth jab, JCVI member Professor Adam Finn, said: “I think there will be people probably who will receive a fourth jab – whether that will be everyone, I think, is still very much in doubt.

“It is still under review and discussion, and we will be providing recommendations on that at some point in the new year.”

Professor Jason Leitch, Scotland’s national clinical director, told the BBC : “It would seem that we will probably need some kind of timed booster or next dose over the next few years.

“We don’t know that for sure – it may be that we just offer that to the vulnerable, those who are maybe a bit older.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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