Can I get my second vaccine early?

The UK’s vaccine programme is currently one of the world’s most successful. Health officials have inoculated 30 million people with their first dose and more than 20 million with their second. But a rising tide of B1.617.2 variant cases in the country has left people questioning whether the Government needs to push harder.

The Indian Covid variant has established a foothold in the UK, with more than 2,000 cases countrywide.

Data from some 20 areas have shown cases rising in recent days, including Bolton, Blackburn with Darwen, Bedford, Sefton and Hart.

England has born the brunt, with 86 of 343 local authorities affected, and officials are searching for ways to cut off the transmission.

Vaccines have proven successful so far, and the Government has adapted its programme to provide extensive second dose coverage.

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The latest advice comes from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation JCVI), which made its recommendation considering the B1.617.2 “variant of concern”.

Professor Wei Shen Lim, COVID-19 Chair of the organisation, made several other recommendations to augment the vaccine programme.

She said: “Alongside these measures, the vaccine programme should continue to be rolled out as quickly as possible.

“The capacity of vaccination centres should be maximised to enable rapid rollout.”


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