Drug regulators say TEENAGERS aged 16 and 17 will be given a second dose of the Covid vaccine.
Dr. June Raine, CEO of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), said it was safe for them to be double-stabbed.
The decision came from the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI), which recommended that all 16- and 17-year-olds get their first dose of Pfizer jab in August, and has since reviewed the evidence. about safety for a second. hit.
Professor Wei Shen Lim, chairman of Covid-19 immunization for JCVI, said at a press conference today: “We looked at recent information on the safety and benefits of a second dose, and we have found this to be the case. I am advising 16 and 17 year olds who have had their first dose of Pfizer / BioNTech to be given a second dose of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.
“As a reminder, the first dose of vaccine provides a high level of protection against critical illness and a high level of protection that we know lasts at least 12 weeks.
“The second dose reinforces that protection from the first dose and is important to extend that protection, not just for winter but through 2022 and beyond.”
The JCVI said extending the enhanced campaign and offering a second fighter service to 16- and 17-year-olds would “help extend our protection through 2022”.
It comes when the booster program is rolled out to people under the age of 50.
All adults over the age of 40 should get a booster shot, six months after the second dose, the guidelines say.
MHRA CEO Dr. June Raine said: “We welcome today’s announcement by JCVI, to expand the booster campaign to 40-49 year olds.
“This further strengthens our ability to ensure people are protected from COVID-19 and save lives.
“We also welcome the recommendation for children aged 16-17 years to get a second dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
“People can rest assured that when we approved the Pfizer vaccine for 16 years or more in December 2020, we thoroughly reviewed all clinical trial data.”
Professor Lim said: “A booster dose in more vulnerable adults and a second dose of vaccine in 16 to 17 year olds are important ways to increase our protection. against COVID-19 infection and severe illness.
“If you qualify, make sure to have these vaccines and keep yourself protected as we head into winter.”
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