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Covid-19 booster jab can now be administered sooner than six months after the second dose to certain vulnerable people as guideline in the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Green Book has been updated.

With the change in the guidance, care home residents who have been given their second vaccine dose at different times will be able to be jabbed in the same session, as long as it has been at least five months since their last dose.

It may also help with other vulnerable groups, such as housebound patients to have their flu and Covid-19 vaccines at the same time.

The move will also benefit those who are about to receive immunosuppressive treatment as they can get the booster from a minimum of four months after their second dose.

Health secretary Sajid Javid said: “This updated guidance will ensure healthcare professionals have the necessary flexibility in the booster programme, allowing more vulnerable people to be vaccinated where it makes operational sense to do so.”

Vaccines minister Maggie Throup also encouraged eligible people to book their booster jab and secure protection.

Besides, people outside of these specific circumstances will continue to be invited for the booster jab when it’s their turn.

So far, over seven million people have received their booster jab in the UK.

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