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Covid booster jab: 9 common side effects of third vaccine dose as boosters offered to all UK adults

The Covid booster vaccination programme is being extended to everyone aged 18 and over

Monday, 11th October 2021, 4:15 pm
Updated Tuesday, 30th November 2021, 2:46 pm

Covid-19 booster doses are being offered to all people aged 18 and over in the UK as part of measures to tackle the new Omicron variant.

The recently detected coronavirus strain, first identified in South Africa, is feared to be more transmissible than other strains and has been designated a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The Omicron variant can spread between people who have received both doses of a Covid-19 jab, and health experts are concerned it could reduce the protection offered by current vaccines.

To help boost immunity levels this winter, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is now extending the booster rollout to all adults aged between 18 and 39. Those aged 40 and over are currently already eligible to get a booster vaccine.

The jabs will be offered in order of descending age groups, with priority to be given to older adults and those in an at-risk group.

Boosters will also be given to people aged 16 years old and over with severely weakened immune systems.

People will be able to book their third dose three months after their second dose, after the JCVI advised cutting the waiting time down from the previous six month gap.

Those who are severely immunosuppressed should be offered a booster jab no sooner than three months after completing their primary course of three doses.

A full dose of the Pfizer vaccine or a half dose of the Moderna vaccine will be offered as a booster, regardless of which vaccine you received the first time.

Much like the previous doses, it is normal to experience some side effects after your vaccine and symptoms can vary from person to person.

Listed are the most common side effects associated with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and how long symptoms usually last.

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