Omicron has come as evidence to suggest an increased risk of reinfection, but scientists say it takes about three weeks to see how the mutant affects the effectiveness of the vaccine.
To reduce the infection, the government has announced that it will require face masks in UK stores and public transport from 4 am on November 30th. New self-quarantine rules will also come into force.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tham, Deputy Chief Medical Officer in the United Kingdom, said at a briefing on Downing Street: It is less effective in preventing severe illness.
“Vaccine boosters are the easiest thing we can do while waiting for the science mist to disappear.”
As part of the Commission’s recommendations, he said the minimum gap between the second vaccination and booster immunization should be reduced from 6 months to 3 months.
Experts also said that children aged 12 to 15 should be invited to a second jab.
Professor Wei Shen Lim, Chair of JCVI, added: We want to provide boosters fast enough …. before the possible waves.
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