An additional primary, third dose of the coronavirus vaccine will be given to the most severely immunocompromised citizens over the age of 12 in the United Kingdom, ie about half a million people.
This is an additional dose of the vaccine for people who think that the two doses do not offer adequate protection against the coronavirus due to their extremely vulnerable health.
It differs from the British Government's plan to give a third booster dose of the vaccine later this month, which will cover much more categories of citizens.
The recommendation for the third dose of the vaccine to extremely vulnerable citizens was submitted by the competent Single Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI) and was accepted by Health Minister Sajid Javid.
It concerns, among others, people with leukemia, advanced HIV or who have recently had an organ transplant.
The JCVI recommendation follows the OCTAVE study which showed that even in immunosuppressed people both doses of the vaccine trigger an immune response against COVID-19, but in about 40% of them the antibody level is low.
The committee recommended that Moderna or Pfizer vaccines be given for this third dose. The use of the Pfizer vaccine is recommended for ages 12-17.
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