Vulnerable people and over 50s to get second vaccines a month earlier than planned


Vulnerable people and those that are aged over 50 will get their second COVID-19 vaccine a month earlier than planned.

Currently, government guidance says there should be 12 week gap between AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

But the government has announced that second doses will now be accelerated by eight weeks for the remaining people in the top nine priority groups.

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The move is part of plans to tackle rising cases of the Indian COVID-19 variant.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock, said: “It’s vital we do everything we can and use every resource we have to ensure we continue to keep the nation safe. We have implemented measures at record pace to get on top of this new variant and control the spread. 

“Everyone has a role to play in this effort – accept the invite to get a jab when it comes, and if you live in one of the areas where we’ve introduced surge testing, get your free PCR test. Let’s work to fight this together.”

The move will be supported by targeted new activity to accelerate vaccine uptake amongst eligible cohorts in Bolton and Blackburn with Darwen, where cases of the Indian variant, known as known as B.1.617.2, have been detected.

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