UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Confirm Plans for COVID-19 Booster Shots for Over-50s

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to confirm plans for a COVID-19 booster shots program for people aged over 50 on Sept. 14 as part of the government’s COVID-19 Winter Plan.

According to BBC, the booster shot would be a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months after the second dose.

“The pandemic is far from over,” Johnson warned ahead of the press conference on Sept. 14 where he will lay out his plans to curb the virus from spreading.

“But thanks to our phenomenal vaccine program, new treatments, and testing, we are able to live with the virus without significant restrictions on our freedoms,” Johnson continued.

“I will set out a clear plan for the autumn and winter, when the virus has a natural advantage, to protect the gains we have made,” Johnson further said.

Health Secretary Sajid David is also expected to make a statement to the House of Commons regarding the booster shots.

Downing Street confirmed that ministers have now received the final advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization on the booster program, which is expected to begin later this month.

Earlier, the government announced that children aged 12 to 15 will be offered one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, following advice from UK Chief Medical Officers.

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