Britain to offer vaccine booster shots for 32 million next month: report

Britain to offer vaccine booster shots for 32 million next month: report

August 1, 2021

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Bengaluru: Britain will offer COVID-19 booster vaccines to 32 million Britons starting early next month with up to 2000 pharmacies set to deliver the programme amid fears that the efficacy of the vaccines may begin to decline, The Telegraph reported on Sunday.

The campaign could start as soon as September 6, which would see the rollout completed by early December if it goes to plan, the report added.

A third round of vaccines: a pharmacy technician administers a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Wheatfield surgery in Luton, England. Credit:AP

Ministers are planning to deliver an average of almost 2.5 million third doses a week starting in the first week of September, the Telegraph reported.

Pharmacies will be at the forefront of the vaccine programme so that doctors and NHS staff can focus on the growing backlog of patients awaiting other treatments, the newspaper said.

A total of 46.81 million people had received a first dose of a vaccine against coronavirus by July 30 and 38.13 million people had received a second dose.

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