UK advisers suggest no need for fourth vaccine dose yet

January 11th, 2022
UK advisers suggest no need for fourth vaccine dose yet

UK advisers have indicated that there is currently no need to offer a fourth dose of the Covid vaccine. Data from the UK Health Security Agency indicates that the level of protection is still high three months after the booster vaccine in people aged over 65. The figures show that the booster reduces the risk […]

New data suggests booster vaccines cut Omicron hospitalisation risk by over 85%

January 4th, 2022
New data suggests booster vaccines cut Omicron hospitalisation risk by over 85%

New data suggests that the vaccine boosters currently used in the UK reduce the risk of hospitalisation by over 85%. Data published by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) suggests that people who have had the booster dose are 88% less likely to end up in hospital after contracting Covid-19. This new data is relevant […]

Preliminary studies suggest boosters reduce serious disease risk by 85%

December 21st, 2021
Preliminary studies suggest boosters reduce serious disease risk by 85%

Preliminary studies suggest that booster vaccines can reduce the risk of severe symptoms caused by the Omicron variant by around 85%. Data collected by UK researchers indicates that a third dose of the vaccines currently approved for use lowers the risk of developing serious disease dramatically. The figure is lower than other variants of Covid-19, […]

Booster programme expanded ahead of deadline to fight Omicron ‘tidal wave’

December 14th, 2021
Booster programme expanded ahead of deadline to fight Omicron ‘tidal wave’

The Covid-19 booster vaccine programme is expanding at pace to fight a ‘tidal wave’ of Omicron cases. On Sunday 12th December, the Prime Minister addressed the nation, detailing new guidance on the booster jab to enable as many people as possible to get the third vaccine in the coming weeks. The previous deadline for offering […]

Vaccine creator warns future pandemics could be even more lethal than Covid

December 7th, 2021

One of the creators of the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine, Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert, has warned that future pandemics could be even more lethal. Prof Dame Gilbert, who was part of the team responsible for developing the Oxford- AstraZeneca vaccine, said that pandemics in the future could be more severe than Covid-19. Speaking at the 44th […]

Ministers confirm new measures to stem the spread of new Covid-19 variant

November 30th, 2021

UK ministers have confirmed new measures to try and limit the spread of a new variant of Covid-19. The Omicron variant, which has been identified in the UK after positive cases were first flagged in Southern Africa, is highly mutated. There are concerns that the variant will spread faster and it could limit protection provided […]

Mental health deaths rose during the pandemic

November 23rd, 2021

The number of people who died while being treated under the Mental Health Act rose in England during the pandemic, new figures suggest. The findings of new research carried out by the Care Quality Commission show that 490 people died while detained under the act between March 2020 and March 2021. This represents a significant […]

Booster vaccines to be available for over 40s

November 16th, 2021

Vaccine advisers have suggested that booster jabs should now be available for over 40s in the UK. The JCVI has advised the government to expand the current booster programme to cover individuals over the age of 40. The body has also recommended a second dose for 16 and 17-year-olds. Initially, the advice was to provide […]

UK regulator approves first Covid pill

November 9th, 2021

The UK medicines regulator has approved the first pill to treat patients with symptoms of Covid-19. The drug, known as molnupiravir, is the first treatment of its kind to be approved. The UK is the first country in the world to give the drug the green light. Developed by US firms Merck, Sharp and Dohme […]

Covid booster jabs now available at walk-in centres

November 2nd, 2021

Covid booster vaccines will now be available at walk-in centres across England, as ministers and health chiefs step up efforts to encourage people to have the third jab. Previously, those who were eligible for the booster jab, which is administered six months after the second dose, had to make an appointment. Now, more than 30 […]

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