Autumn Coronavirus covid infection blows should be disseminated to vulnerable groups as well as health and social workers, the Joint Government Committee said Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) said.
In a statement Thursday as part of an interim government recommendation, JCVI said that while there is “significant uncertainty” regarding the likelihood and severity of future Covid waves, winter will remain the season when the threat from Covid is greatest.
It says that the goal of the Covid training program in the fall of 2022 will be to increase “immunity and protection of the population” from serious Covid diseases, hospitalization and death in the winter.
The committee said the vaccine should be given to residents of nursing homes for the elderly, health and social workers, all aged 65 and over, and adults aged 16 to 64 in clinical risk groups.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare said it welcomed the advice and would consider the group’s final recommendations later this year.
It adds: “We have asked NHS England to start training to make sure they are ready to place Covid vaccines on those who are eligible.”
Professor Wei Shen Lim, chair of the Covid-19 vaccination unit at JCVI, said: “Last year’s autumn revaccination program provided excellent protection against the severe form of COVID-19, including against the Omicron variant.
“We have provided interim recommendations for the autumn 2022 training program so that the Health Service and nursing homes can begin the necessary operational planning to provide a high level of protection for more vulnerable individuals and health workers over the coming winter.
“As we continue to review scientific data, further updates to this advice will go further.”
In an update to the Covid-19 case, the UK Health Agency reported that there were 127 suspicious outbreaks in the UK last week compared to 198 the week before.
Dr Mary Ramsey, director of clinical programs for the UK Health Agency (UKHSA), said: “While admissions at Covid Hospital continue to decline, it is important that we are not satisfied. If you have not yet accepted the vaccine offer or missed your last shot, please contact now; vaccines still provide the best protection against serious diseases.
“If you are in a crowded enclosed space, it is wise to wear a face mask and don’t forget to wash your hands regularly. If you have any symptoms of a respiratory infection, fever or feeling unwell, try to stay at home or away from others, especially the elderly and vulnerable. ”