- Croydon University Hospital staff gave ‘thumbs up’ as soon as injections were made
- No10 vaccine advisors cleared on Tuesday after weeks of deliberation
- Boosters shown to reduce risk of severe COVID by 20 times over 60 years
The first booster COVID vaccines were delivered to the NHS and care workers today as the drive for top-up immunity in more than 30 million Britons is up and running.
Staff at Croydon University Hospital in London gave ‘thumbs up’ as soon as they received the injection, just 48 hours after the booster plan was signed.
The government’s vaccine advisory panel cleared the move on Tuesday after weeks of deliberation, with those over 50, frontline workers and vulnerable Britons now eligible.
Its decision was justified last night when a major Israeli study on people over 60 showed that a booster reduced the risk of severe COVID-19 by 20 times.
Eligible Brits are only being invited to come forward if they have done their second jab at least six months ago, in what officials called a ‘sweet spot’ for a booster.
MailOnline’s analysis of official data shows that currently only 1.6 million Britons meet the criteria for top-up jabs due to a six-month wait.
The third dose will be introduced in the top nine priority groups during the initial campaign, with the elderly, physicians and caregivers again at the forefront.
Maternity activist Katherine Cargill became the first person in the UK to get a booster. The rollout comes barely 48 hours after the plans were signed
De Brim gives a thumbs up after receiving her third COVID jab at Croydon University Hospital in south London
MailOnline’s analysis of official data shows that only 1.6 million Britons are currently meeting the booster’s criteria due to a six-month wait. And the first 32 million people weren’t fully immunized until June 24. However, this figure would include hundreds of thousands of under-50s, as the uptake is not 100 percent among those eligible for the third dose. Boosters should be given at least six months after the second dose, meaning the majority in the group cannot be jawed until November and December
The above group will be the first to receive a dose of the COVID vaccine. UK vaccine advisers say the ‘sweet spot’ for a booster is about six months after a second dose is given. The booster shots are set to be rolled out in descending order from group one – elderly residents in care homes – to nine.
Katherine Cargill, an obstetrics support worker at Croydon University Hospital, was one of the first to get a booster today.
She said: ‘I took it before the winter season to make sure I’m safe, to make sure I can continue to work, I can spend time with my family, and so I I can continue my studies.
‘I would definitely encourage you to have your booster shot when you are invited to do so.’
Priority is being given to NHS and care workers as they work with sick or elderly people who are most susceptible to falling seriously ill with COVID.
Hospital centers today began immunizing frontline health and care workers and identifying other eligible patients.
GP-led local immunization services will follow suit in the coming days, with mass vaccination centers and pharmacies starting to deliver doses next week.
The decision to go ahead with the booster proved correct last night when a major Israeli study on over a million elderly showed that the booster reduced the risk of severe COVID-19 by 20 times. The research, led by the country’s health ministry, looked at more than 1.1 million Israelis who were double-jawed for at least five months. The Y axis shows the reduction in the probability of testing positive for COVID after a booster, with a higher number representing a lower risk. The x axis is the number of days since the booster vaccine
Israel pulled the trigger in August on a booster vaccine program, which has stabilized the spiraling outbreak. The country recorded 136 hospital admissions in the week till September 12, down from a peak of 165 in the last week of August
Proof Covid booster vaccines work: Israeli data shows rate of serious illness was 20 times lower
A major Israeli study has found that people over 60 who have been given a booster COVID jab are 20 times less likely to become seriously ill with COVID than those vaccinated with two doses.
A third dose was also found to reduce the risk of contracting the virus by tenfold, in strong evidence that the UK was right to go ahead with a massive booster programme.
The research, led by the country’s health ministry, looked at more than 1.1 million Israelis who were double-jawed for at least five months.
It found that those who were given the booster jab were 19.5 times less likely to be hospitalized with COVID than those who still relied on protection from two doses and tested positive for the virus. The probability of 11.3 was low.
Both findings apply to the Pfizer vaccine, which Israel has relied entirely on for its coronavirus vaccination programs.
British experts described the findings as ‘brilliantly good’. They come a day after Britain finally signed off on a campaign for more than 32 million 50, health and social care workers and Britons with serious health issues.
Israel became the first country in the world to introduce a third dose in August, initially inviting people over 60 but later gradually opening it up to everyone over the age of 12.
Nearly 3 million Israelis have so far been ‘promoted’ to and the country, but officials in the UK believe young people still enjoy a great deal of protection.
Separate Israeli data announced today show that the booster dose generates 10 times more antibodies than other vaccines.
Medics at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan outside Tel Aviv compared antibody levels in staff a week after their third and second doses.
Eligible people will be contacted by the NHS…