26 September 2021,   23:10
COVID booster vaccine rollout to begin across UK next week

COVID booster jabs will begin to be offered across the UK from next week, writes BBC.

It follows a recommendation from the government"s vaccine advisers, the JCVI, who said about 30m people should be offered a third dose.

They said the booster should be given at least six months after a person had their second dose - with the Pfizer-BioNTech jab recommended.

Those eligible include over-50s, younger adults with health conditions and frontline health and care workers.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid made the announcement in the Commons as part of an autumn and winter plan for managing COVID in England.

Scotland will begin offering booster jabs for the broader group from Monday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

She said the programme “was intended to prolong the protection” of vaccines and will run alongside the flu vaccination programme.